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Ethics Fellowship Programs

Background:

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 Fellows Program.  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 eight finalists.  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 2000-2001. 

 Impact 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 government. 

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 Fellows cohort.

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 worldwide.

 Academic Year 2015-16 Research Effort

This year’s research and McCain Conference will examine in detail the issue of civil military relations, examining, among other works Samuel Huntingtons' The Soldier and the State. More upcoming.

In 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

-          MAJ Daniel Goff, USMC, Assistant Director, Stockdale Center

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity during the 2015-2016 academic year, please apply here.

Current Fellows:

Funded by USNA Classes of 1958, 1962 and 1978. Also made possible by the generosity of Frank J. Behm (USNA '78) and Andrea K. Behm

September 2014 - May 2015

Dr. Michael Skerker

  • Dr. Michael Skerker: Michael Skerker is an associate professor in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law department. He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1997) and his Masters and Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1999, 2004). Before joining the faculty of USNA, he taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. His academic interests include professional ethics, just war theory, moral pluralism, theological ethics, and religion and politics. Publications include works on ethics and asymmetrical war, moral pluralism, intelligence ethics, and the book An Ethics of Interrogation(Univ of Chicago Press, 2010). 

Dr. Jeffrey Black

  • Dr. Jeffrey Black: Jeff J.S. Black received his PhD in Political Theory and International Relations from Boston College, and he teaches at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.  At St. John's he has been a member of a faculty study group on neuroscience, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and of faculty study groups on Heidegger and on Quantum Field Theory, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He also served as Associate Dean for the Graduate Program at St. John’s from 2011 to 2015.  He is the author of Rousseau's Critique of Science: A Commentary on the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts, published by Lexington Books in 2009.  He has also written about Rousseau for Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century.  Currently he is writing a book on human enhancement, and on the understanding of human nature and human perfection in modern political thought, with chapters on Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Nietzsche.

Mr. Michael Robillard

  • Dr. Michael Robillard

    Michael Robillard received his undergraduate degree in Art, Philosophy, and Literature in 2002 from the United States Military Academy. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Army for the next 5 years. After exiting the Army in 2007, he went on to receive his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia National University, and the University of Oxford. Michael's research focuses on various topics in the field of normative ethics to include exploitation and its relation to present-day military recruitment as well as war and its relation to future generations. Michael is an Iraq war veteran and former Army Airborne Ranger.

Dr. Milton C. Regan

  • Dr. Mitt Regan: Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center.  He also Adjunct Faculty Member at the Center for Military and Security Law at the Australian National University College of Law, and an International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Professional Service Firms. His work focuses on organizational, cultural, and psychological aspects of ethical issues in business, law practice, and the national security and military settings.  He is the author of Eat What You Kill: The Fall of a Wall Street Lawyer, and co-author of Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry and Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice.  Professor Regan served as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court and then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Michael Robillard received his undergraduate degree in Art, Philosophy, and Literature in 2002 from the United States Military Academy. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Army for the next 5 years. After exiting the Army in 2007, he went on to receive his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia National University, and the University of Oxford. Michael's research focuses on various topics in the field of normative ethics to include exploitation and its relation to present-day military recruitment as well as war and its relation to future generations. Michael is an Iraq war veteran and former Army Airborne Ranger.
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