Assistant Professor of Military and Strategic Studies

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Air Force Academy, Colorado
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

The Department of Military and Strategic Studies seeks interested applicants for up to two temporary faculty positions beginning in the Summer 2019.  

All faculty members are expected to contribute to the Academy's primary mission of developing leaders of character through exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service. This position is a temporary hire (one year appointment) at the Assistant Professor level - ideal for applicants seeking service academy experience in a visiting faculty capacity, or for those applicants seeking a teaching-centered alternative to a traditional post-doctoral research opportunity. Given the temporary nature of the position, the successful applicant's primary duties will be to teach core and upper-level majors classes in the Department of Military & Strategic Studies. At a minimum, the selectee can expect to teach multiple sections of the department's core (required) course, Airpower and Joint Operations Strategy. Airpower and Joint Operations Strategy provides cadets their professional cornerstone course in understanding the context, theory, and application governing military power and the use of force in the contemporary joint environment. Drawing from a range of literature, sophomore cadets study approaches to strategy, adaptively formulating and applying concepts to employ joint military forces in contemporary contexts and simulated environments. This course places particular emphasis on air, space, and cyberspace strategy and operations in the joint context. The successful applicant may also teach upper-level elective Military & Strategic Studies (MSS) courses as part of the MSS major. Elective courses include, but are not limited to, International Power Projection; Military Innovation and Transformation; Weapons, Warfare and Disruptive Effects, and advanced strategy courses in each of the military operational domains (air, land, maritime, space).

In addition to teaching, the selectee will be expected to perform a variety of service functions supporting both Department and USAFA interests.

All faculty members serve as role models for cadets and will be expected to be available to cadets and able to participate in a variety of cadet support and role-modeling activities in addition to teaching.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.
  • Essential qualities expected of every faculty member include the personal attributes of integrity, industry, cooperation, initiative, and breadth of intellectual interests.
  • Doctoral degree (see Qualifications for required academic disciplines)
  • The salary shown is the minimum (Annual) amount to be paid and may be set higher commensurate with individual's qualifications and experience.
  • You will be required to serve a 1-year trial period
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Doctoral degree (must be completed by employment start date) in Strategic Studies; Security Studies; International Relations; Political Science; Public Policy; Military Operational Art and Science; National Security; Modeling and Simulation; Educational Research; or a related field is required.

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES: Strategic Studies; Security Studies; International Relations; Political Science; Public Policy; Military Operational Art and Science; National Security; Modeling and Simulation; Educational Research; or a related field

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and willingness to teach military and national security-related topics. A record of undergraduate teaching and academic service is highly desired, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants with a record of research and publications relevant to national security strategy, military strategy, joint military operations, airpower, defense policy, international security, or other contemporary military-related subjects. Prior military experience is NOT required for these positions.

USAFA is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Candidates should also include a current curriculum vitae including teaching, research, and service accomplishments as well as the names and contact information of three references.


If selected, you MUST provide original copies of ALL OFFICIAL transcripts for degrees being pursued or obtained (or letter of degree completion if an OFFICIAL transcript is not available due to recent graduation) to support your educational claims as stated in your curriculum vitae. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a transcript to be considered OFFICIAL, it should be printed on university letterhead and the registrar's official seal/signature must appear on the transcript. Your transcripts must also reflect the degree awarded/conferred date. Transcripts labeled UNOFFICIAL will not be accepted.

Note: Ensure 
you include ALL transcripts to support your educational claims as stated in your curriculum vitae (resume) even if not required for this position.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the educational requirements. However, you must show proof that the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in a conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying in the form of an "official" statement of U.S. equivalency from a Department of Education approved (non-federal) agency (i.e. AICE, NACES), who will complete a U.S. Standard of Education Conversion.

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