Professor of National Security Studies

Alabama, United States
$70,000.00 - $125,000.00
Oct 09, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Air University's Air Command and Staff College invites applications from qualified individuals for the position of Professor of National Security Studies in its eSchool of Graduate Professional Military Education. This position prepares officers of all services and mid-career Civil Service employees to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and other government arenas.


The primary focus of the position is on curriculum development and instruction in the distance learning and online environment. Faculty members develop curriculum for online courses delivered to more than 26,000 students and teach both non-resident and in ­resident classes within the core curriculum courses, and participate, as required, in exercises that supports the school's course of study. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the ACSC program, this position may require teaching across disciplines within the school. Faculty members are also expected to teach elective courses, advise student research projects, and pursue active research, publication, and service to Air Command and Staff College, military education, Air University, and the Air Force as directed by the dean, the college commandant, and the commander and president of Air University.

Develop curriculum for online courses and teach resident and non-resident classes (50% Critical). Produces curriculum under JPME/ ACSC/Departmental guidance for foundational and elective courses including curriculum content, instructional methods/materials, and testing/evaluation instruments. Provides detailed feedback to students and documentation of student progress. Serves as subject matter expert and advisor to PME colleges and AU on subjects of relevance to academic background and teaching area. As a leader, specialist, and consultant, makes recommendations on educational methods, program content, course organization, lesson development, lecture subjects, lecturers, integration of state-of-the-art technology applications, and other areas of curriculum development. Guides, stimulates discussion, and evaluates participation and contribution of students.

Engages in professional research and writing in areas of expertise (20% Critical). Pursues publications of research in professional journals, scholarly publications, and other commercial and government publications. Plans and conducts research as necessary to support resident and non· resident curriculum. Develops and documents course materials, constructs case studies as appropriate, and identifies areas requiring additional research. Preparation of textbooks, case studies, monographs, electronic-based educational tools, and histories of general intellectual merit are considered as part of publications record. Supervises and advises student research in course work, research projects and professional papers.

Performs administrative support functions and special projects, as directed, to include service on internal or external committees, providing advice and counsel as appropriate (20% Critical). Provides advice and counsel to Course Directors, Department Directors, and Deans on topics related to area(s) of expertise. Organizes and conducts faculty development activities related to research activities, curriculum development initiatives, new techniques, and technology application in the curriculum. Reviews and provides scholarly opinion on the range of draft Department of Defense (DoD) publications.

Establishes and maintains professional relationships with academic and professional colleagues in other DoD schools and organizations, civilian institutions, and business and industrial concerns related to the area(s) of expertise (10% Critical). Attends meetings and participates in other organizational activities intended to advance the state of knowledge in area of expertise or to set and maintain professional standards of performance and promote professional ethics. Serves as guest lecturer at AU and other DoD schools as schedule permits.

Academic rank for the position is open (Assistant, Associate, or Professor).


Applicants should possess and be able to demonstrate:

  • Broad knowledge of global environment, US national security policy making, international political structures and strategy.
  • Broad knowledge and wide range of experience in national security decision making process, national security policy and strategy and/or international relations
  • Broad knowledge of national military strategy, military thought and theory; military-history: organization, capabilities and limitations of armed force.
  • Knowledge of research methods and ability to conduct research in area of expertise
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of educational technology and instructional techniques
  • Knowledge of evaluation methods and procedures
  • Skill in designing, developing and evaluating course materials.

A Master's Degree or higher in relevant fields; strong knowledge of the global environment, international political structures and strategy with particular emphasis on the contexts in which political, economic, social and military principles have evolved and their influence on the formulation of national security and military strategy.

Air University is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive education:

  • We are dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty committed to inclusive teaching and scholarship.
  • Prospective candidates must engender a climate that values and uses diversity in all its forms to enrich debate and make the institution more inclusive educational environment.

Applicants should address how they will further these goals in their cover letter.