Academic Dean and Professor, Africa Center for Strategic
Studies, located at the National Defense University, Washington
The Africa Center for Strategic Studies, an independent academic
institution within the U.S. Department of Defense established and
funded by Congress, is seeking an Academic Dean and Professor. The
Academic Dean provides intellectual leadership, management and
mentorship to Africa Center faculty and academic staff, oversees
the design and execution of Africa Center academic programs, and
represents the Africa Center in a diverse array of fora, including
multilateral and bilateral meetings with African governments,
intergovernmental organizations, academic seminars and conferences,
and the U.S. government interagency community. Academics who are
passionate about directly engaging African security sector
practitioners (both civilian and military), influencing U.S.-Africa
policy, and advancing the Africa Center’s vision of “security for
all Africans championed by effective institutions accountable to
their citizens,” are invited to apply.
Who we are
Since its inception in 1999, the Africa Center serves as a forum
for research, academic programs, and the exchange of ideas with the
aim of enhancing citizen security by strengthening the
effectiveness and accountability of African institutions. The
Africa Center engages across a wide array of African security
topics commensurate with Africa’s diverse and evolving security
landscape. Governance and institution-building, accountability and
oversight, and democratic civil-military relations remain central
to our work. The Africa Center mission is to advance African
security by expanding understanding, providing a trusted platform
for dialogue, building enduring partnerships and catalyzing
About the position
The Academic Dean is a member of the Africa Center’s leadership
team and plays an important role in guiding the Center’s strategic
direction. The Dean provides intellectual leadership and mentorship
to Africa Center faculty and academic staff, oversees the design,
development, and execution of a diverse array of executive
education type academic programs, and represents the Africa Center
at various fora domestically and on the continent. Key academic
portfolios comprise national security strategy development,
managing security sector resources, countering violent extremism,
countering transnational organized crime, cybersecurity, peace
support operations, and maritime safety and security. More
information about recent Africa Center programs may be found on the
Center’s website: https://africacenter.org/programs/
In his/her role as a Professor, the Dean is expected to deliver
lectures, moderate panels, facilitate seminars and discussion
groups, advise participants, and conduct research consistent with
the Center’s mission. As a member of the National Defense
University (NDU) community, he/she will have access to a
world-class academic library.
Core duties and areas of responsibility
- Supervision and mentorship
- The Dean will supervise faculty, overseeing their portfolios as
well as the development and execution of their programs. He/she
will maintain a standard of academic excellence and mentor faculty
in their professional development.
- The Dean will also oversee all other Academic Affairs section
staff, to include adjunct faculty, facilitators, guest speakers and
panelists, and academic support staff.
- The Dean will promote a positive and collaborative
institutional culture in his/her section and across the Africa
Center as a whole.
- Strategic and organizational planning
- The Dean will lead periodic academic portfolio reviews to
inform the Center's annual strategic planning processes. As
necessary, he/she will introduce new programs and activities,
guaranteeing responsiveness to key trends on the African
- The Dean will frame the overall academic guidelines, policies,
and procedures for Africa Center academic programs, including
refining and implementing the Center's peer-learning
- Representation and relationship-building
- The Dean will maintain professional relationships with senior
U.S. government officials, leading African stakeholders,
international officials, and academic experts to advance the
Center's academic programming and overall mission.
- The Dean will manage the Africa Center’s academic relationship
with NDU. He/she will work with and build synergies with relevant
- Research and Publishing
- The Dean will undertake research on African security policy or
strategy, making original and innovative contributions,
particularly on topics of academic interest to the Africa
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum qualifications:
- A doctoral degree in a field relevant to the Africa Center's
mission, e.g. African Studies, International Relations, Political
Science, Economics, Strategic Studies, Defense Policies, or
National Security Studies.
- A minimum of 15 years professional experience working on
African political, security, or development issues.
- Teaching experience at the university or graduate-level
professional military education institution with an understanding
of effective pedagogical and andragogical methods for mid to senior
career professionals in the security sector.
- Significant record of scholarship, publications, and
expert-level contributions; recognition within academic, think
tank, or research communities.
- Experience living and working in Africa.
- Understanding of U.S.-Africa policy.
- Extensive network of professional contacts, especially with
African security sector institutions, think tanks, universities,
NGOs, strategic centers, and diplomatic communities.
- Demonstrated record of leadership achievement, academic
administrator, organizational innovation, and strategic
- Proven ability to manage, lead, and inspire staff and engender
highly effective teams.
- Preferred qualifications: Fluency in French,
Portuguese, or Arabic.
Conditions of employment:
- Must be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain and maintain a Secret
- If selected, must provide information regarding your COVID-19
vaccination status for the purposes of determining appropriate
workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking,
testing, travel, and quarantine.
- Incumbent must be available for travel to Africa in support of
Africa Center programs.
- The Academic Dean is hired for an initial term of three years,
with an 18-month probationary period. Upon satisfactory completion
of the first term, the position may be extended for an additional
three years, renewable.
What we offer
A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
Salary Range: $131,535.00 to $169,867.00 / annual
The U.S. government does not discriminate in employment on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender
identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit fact.
How to apply