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Ethics Fellowship Programs


 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 2014-15 Research Effort

 This year’s research and McCain Conference will examine in detail the history of the tradition of thought commonly referred to as Just War Theory. 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

-          Dr. Michael Skerker, Seminar Participant, 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. Joseph E. Capizzi : Joseph E. Capizzi is Associate Professor of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology.  He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism.  In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and is currently a bioethics advisor to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission, on which he has served since his appointment by Governor Ehrlich in 2006.  He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is completing the writing of his book Politics, Justice and War which is scheduled for a Spring 2015 publication with Oxford University Press.  He lives in Maryland with his wife and six children.
  • Dr. Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo :  Dr. Menchaca-Bagnulo recently completed a position as a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life with the James Madison Program at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity University. Ashleen is currently completing a book based on her dissertation, which contributes to the growing literature on secularization theory
  • Dr. Jessica Wolfendale : Dr. Wolfendale is Associate Professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University. She is the author of Torture and the Military Profession (Palgrave-Macmillan 2007) and co-editor of New Wars and New Soldiers: Miltiary Ethics in the Contemporary World (Ashgate 2011). Jessica has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on topics including torture, terrorism and military professional ethics, and is writing a book on the causes and prevention of war crimes.
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