U.S. Naval War College — Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow Strategy & Policy Department


The Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. More information on the college can be found at www.usnwc.edu.

Strategy & Policy Department. The Strategy & Policy Department uses strategic theory, the history of war, and an examination of present-day conflicts to develop critical analytical skills for understanding the interrelationship of policy aims, strategy, and military operations. Additional details regarding the Naval War College and the Strategy and Policy Department curriculum can be obtained by visiting the Naval War College website at: https://usnwc.edu/Faculty-and-Departments/Academic-Departments/Strategy-and-Policy-Department.

Responsibilities. The post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship is an anticipated vacancy for a one-year appointment renewable by the Strategy and Policy Department for a second year. The position’s teaching requirement is two seminars of the Strategy & War course taught in the winter trimester from November to February (overall 0-2-0 load). Seminars in the common curriculum average 12 professional students who are mid-career officers and civilian government employees. Seminars are team-taught by a civilian academic and a military faculty member. In the other terms, fellows are expected to work on their own research and participate in the intellectual life of the department and college. Expectations are high in both teaching and research. Anticipated starting date is August/September 2020.

Qualifications. Qualified candidates must have a recent Ph.D. or have defended their dissertation at the time of appointment. A doctorate in International Relations, International Security Affairs, Political Economy, Regional Studies, Diplomatic and International History, War Studies, Naval/ Maritime History, or Military History or a related field is highly desired. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a secret security clearance.

Salary Considerations. Salary is $65,448 from the Navy Faculty Pay Schedule and a research travel stipend ($5,000). This compensation package is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.

Application Procedures. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-20-02 and forward their application package to: NWC-20-02@usnwc.edu. The application package should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a research proposal, writing sample (no more than 50 pages in length), and up to three teaching evaluations (where applicable). Applications must be received by 20 March 2020. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. David Stone, Chair, Strategy and Policy Department at: david.stone@usnwc.edu.

Active duty members may apply under this announcement but are subject to eligibility requirements of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW). Active duty members must submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide branch, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Please note: you will be ineligible for consideration if your statement of service is not submitted with your application or it shows an expected discharge or release date greater than 120 days after being submitted with your application.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.