University of Nebraska at Omaha — Assistant / Associate / Full Professor, Counterterrorism and National Security Studies Cluster Hire


Recently designated as a Center of Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security, the University
of Nebraska at Omaha is proud to house the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center. UNO is also home to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI), nationally recognized as a Department
of Defense University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Together UNO, NCITE, and NSRI are honored to announce a cluster hire in the area of Counterterrorism and National Security Studies.


As part of the Big Idea Initiative in Security and Intelligence Studies, UNO strives to extend and build its current nationally visible program in counterterrorism research and national security workforce development. The goal of the cluster hire initiative is to recruit a diverse, interdisciplinary group of collaborative faculty focused on excellence in research, teaching, and service in counterterrorism research and national security studies. They should reflect a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise.


  1. Management
  2. IT Innovation
  3. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  4. Political Science
  5. Criminology and Criminal Justice


  • Have a track record of extramural funding and scholarly articles in their relevant disciplines and can contribute to the mission of NCITE.
  • Develop a research project on Homeland Security for the NCITE Center within their first year.
  • Establish and maintain a world-class extramurally funded research program and productive collaborations with government and community partners through the NCITE Center.
  • Have research programs that support NSRI and Department of Defense extramural funding.


  1. Nature of Counterterrorism Operations
    As the non-military and asymmetric threat landscape has evolved against the United States, solutions to these challenges will require collaborative, interdisciplinary, and publicly-engaged research for national, state, and local security enterprise stakeholders. This area will focus on knowledge and technical innovations to support counterterrorism operators and analysts against international and domestic non-military threats.
  2. Human-Machine Collaboration in the Cyber and Space Domain
    The future workforce of the National Security Enterprise will need to be well-versed in data science, social science, and the combination of the two for interdisciplinary collaboration and human-machine trust for intelligent systems and operations. This area will specialize in human-machine teaming, resilient Command, Control, and Communication (C3) structures and processes, and leadership for security innovation.
  3. National Security Workforce Development
    As a primary facet of UNO’s mission, this theme is centered around the study of public-private partnerships and workforce development solutions to change the face of national security. This area focuses on effective workforce development interventions and programs to prepare the next generation of national security professionals, as well as support current private and government organizations’ workforce development goals against threats.


NCITE, one of 10 DHS Centers of Excellence, is funded through a 10-year cooperative agreement. The center is dedicated to providing cutting-edge academic research and workforce development programs for counterterrorism professionals across the Homeland Security enterprise. The center is housed in the new addition of Mammel Hall, home to UNO’s College of Business Administration, located in the heart of Omaha’s entrepreneurial Aksarben Village.

NSRI leads academic research on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) and leverages the UARC sole source contract vehicle for collaborative research for the Department of Defense. Applicants whose research might support one of NSRI’s five research focus areas for the CWMD mission are encouraged to describe such work in their research statements. Particularly, candidates focused on the NC3 mission are encouraged to describe how their research might contribute to the University of Nebraska’s research command, control, and communication systems for the nuclear mission.

UNO is a vibrant metropolitan university in the state’s largest city with an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students. In recent decades, the campus developed as a more traditional residential university supported by several new and beautifully appointed residence halls. UNO is classified as a doctoral research university in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and the athletic program competes in NCAA Division I. UNO also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s leaders in engagement and outreach with a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

UNO is committed to diversity among faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, height, weight, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/ or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body and is actively engaged with the community as a leader, supporter, and partner. Click here to learn more about how UNO brings its metropolitan mission to life.

UNO’s campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the large Omaha metro area), which is known for its excellent public school system and strong economic base. The city is home to a number of racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups, and is characterized by myriad places to eat, live, and shop.



When applying, please provide the following:

  • Applicant profile
  • Letter of application addressing the professional attributes mentioned above
  • Current résumé and/or curriculum vitae
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

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UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer. The University is committed to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for these positions.