One of the Center’s
cornerstone programs is the Fellows program.
The Fellows program is a unique and multidisciplinary
effort that brings together academics and military
professionals to study a specific topic in the field of
military ethics and leadership.
The Fellows meet together for a weekly seminar, host
guest speakers, conduct independent and joint research,
travel to meet with other experts in the field, publish
their findings in journals and books, produce instructional
materials for the Academy curriculum, and make presentations
at the Academy and other national and international forums.
Each year, the Center
advertises widely for civilian candidates interested in the
The Distinguished Chair in Ethics and the Center’s Director
of Research review all submitted applications, conduct phone
interviews, check references and narrow the field to six to
A committee composed of the Center Director, Deputy Center
Director, Distinguished Chair in Ethics, Distinguished Chair
of Leadership and Center’s Director of Research choose two
Resident Fellows and two Non-Resident Fellows from these
finalists to serve in the upcoming academic year.
The Fellows program is funded through the generosity
of the Naval Academy Classes of 1958 and 1962 and SAIC. This
Center program has been in existence since Academic Year
on the Naval Academy and Other Institutions:
Research accomplished by
the Fellows makes a significant impact on education at the
Naval Academy and policy making within our national
Fellows interact with
midshipmen in the classroom, both as adjunct instructors and
seminar leaders, and provide professional development
opportunities for instructors and professors in the
Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law (LEL).
As Fellows tackle emerging issues in military ethics
and leadership, they are able to develop case studies and
other instructional materials to support the core and
elective courses offered by LEL and take on a mentoring role
for midshipmen interested in the topics pursued by the
The Fellows research is
also designed to inform the highest levels of naval service
leadership about emerging ethics and leadership challenges
for the foreseeable future.
At the conclusion of the research effort, the Center
hosts the McCain Conference
where the Fellows are joined by military and civilian
educators from the nation’s service academies and war
colleges and other thought leaders to discuss and debate the
research conducted at the Naval Academy. Policy
issues and recommendations emerging from the McCain
conference are shared with the Secretary of the Navy, Chief
of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Additionally, because of the participation of the Fellows in
high visibility conferences and meetings and the
publications they produce, their work enhances the influence
and prestige of the Stockdale Center and the Naval Academy
Academic Year 2012-13 Research Effort
research and McCain Conference will examine great power decline—with emphases on assessing US prospects, identifying causes of decline (including cultural/ethical), and recommending appropriate courses of action to military and political leaders.
addition to this year's fellow the
following individuals are participating in this year’s work:
Dr. Ed Barrett,
Co-Facilitator, Director of Strategy and Research, Stockdale
Center, U.S. Naval Academy
Dr. George Lucas,
Co-Facilitator, Distinguished Chair in Ethics, Stockdale
Center, U.S. Naval Academy
Dr. Michael Skerker, Seminar
Participant, U.S. Naval Academy
MAJ Jeff McCarthy, USMC, Assistant Director, Stockdale Center
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity during the 2013-2014 academic year, please apply here.
Funded by USNA Classes of 1958, 1962 and 1967
September 2012 - May 2013
- Dr. Scott Davis : Dr. Davis was born in Texas and grew up on the Stanford campus. He received an A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, followed by a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Davis taught at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and Princeton University before being appointed the Lewis T. Booker Professor of Religion and Ethics at the University of Richmond. He is the author of
Warcraft and the Fragility of Virtue (Idaho, 1992; Wipf & Stock, 2011),
Religion and Justice in the War over Bosnia (Routledge, 1996), and
Believing and Acting (Oxford, 2012).
- Dr. Chris Hill : Dr. Hill earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and has advanced degrees in both medieval and modern European history. He has taught at the University of Texas and Hamilton College, where he received the Sidney Wertimer Award for excellence in teaching in 2010. A legal historian by training, he is particularly interested in the relationship between religion and law during the high Middle Ages and the impact that relationship had on the idea of individual liberty in the developing English common law. An ardent critic of political orthodoxy in academe, he wrote while a graduate student a novel satirizing political correctness on a fictional college campus. The book,
Virtual Morality, won the Editors’ Book Award from Pushcart Press in the year 2000. His reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal. He is currently researching the history of the concept of liberty as a Bakwin Fellow at the AHI. He and his wife, Stephanie, live with their three children in Waterville, NY.
- Dr. Alek Chance : Dr. Chance was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, and completed a BA from St. John’s College and a PhD in political theory from Boston College. He has taught international relations and political theory at Boston College and Loyola University Maryland, and is currently working on a book on power and ethics in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.Has taught international relations and political theory at Boston College and Loyola University Maryland, and is currently working on a book on power and ethics in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.