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Instructor Duty at the U.S. Naval Academy

Monday, September 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marissa Cruz
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Cmdr Matthew Testerman, Permanent Military Professor and Chair, Political Science Director at the U.S. Naval Academy provided the below information for exciting instructor opportunities at the Academy.


The U.S. Naval Academy has a need for qualified Naval officers with at least a master’s degree in an appropriate academic discipline to instruct in designated academic departments and to serve as outstanding military role models for midshipmen. Nationwide, Hispanic professors comprise only 4 percent of college faculty. At the Naval Academy we have a unique opportunity to improve on this by drawing on Hispanic Navy and Marine Corps officers to serve as military instructors. One of the highest priority Naval Academy strategic objectives is to recruit and retain a diverse faculty that mirrors the nation and the Fleet. To this end, the Chair of the Naval Academy’s Political Science Department and the Director of the Naval Academy’s Division of Professional Development were both in attendance at the September Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Eastern Region Symposium at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.


Since its earliest days, when the faculty consisted of only four officers and three civilian professors, the Naval Academy has maintained a 50/50 balance between civilian professors and military instructors. With over 200 billets for rotational military officers, USNA is constantly in search of qualified officers to serve an increasingly diverse student body. Hispanic midshipmen represent 11.9 percent of the class of 2019, increasingly reflecting the 15 percent of the active duty force who are Hispanic.

Opportunities to fill officer billets exist in all three academic divisions (Humanities and Social Sciences, Math and Sciences, Engineering and Weapons) and the divisions of professional development, leadership, education and development, and character development and training. The academic departments maintain officer billets in a wide range of disciplines, including cyber security, computer science, and information technology; electrical engineering, computer engineering, general engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, naval architecture, ocean engineering, aerospace engineering, and control systems engineering; mathematics, chemistry, physics, and oceanography; and political science, economics, English, history, and foreign language (Spanish, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese).


All positions require a master’s degree in a relevant field. There are also limited opportunities through the Graduate Education plus Teaching (GE+T) program to earn a master’s degree (see NAVADMIN 217/15). Longer-tenured positions for military are also possible through the permanent military professor (PMP) and junior PMP programs (see NAVADMIN 163/16 and 301/15). Interested officers should contact their detailers and are also encouraged to reach out to the department senior military officer or chair. Contact information can be found at .

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