CDR Joseph McInerney, USN
Permanent Military Professor of Ethics
Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law
Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B)
112 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5022
Commander McInerney graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in History.
After attending Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island he reported to USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) in May of 1992, serving as Gunnery Officer through the ship's final deployment and earning his Surface Warfare Qualification in May of 1993. Following further steam propulsion training Commander McInerney reported to USS Trenton (LPD-14) where he served as the Auxiliaries Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant. As a member of the Trenton crew Commander McInerney participated in Operation Continue Hope, executing the amphibious withdrawal of the U. S. Marines from Somalia in March of 1994, as well as Operation Support Democracy off the coast of Haiti the following summer.
From February 1996 through September 2000 Commander McInerney served as an active duty and reserve officer recruiter. While working as a recruiter he earned a Master's in Theological Studies from the John Paul II Institute in Washington D.C.
In June of 2001 Commander McInerney transitioned to the Human Resources Community and became the officer recruiting department head for Naval Reserve Recruiting Area Northeast. Following a tour in which he led his department to the number one ranking for officer recruiting production in the nation, Commander McInerney was assigned as the Operations officer for Naval Reserve Recruiting Area Pacific, where he led his command to the top ranking in the nation for both officer and enlisted recruiting.
After his department head tours Commander McInerney became Executive Officer of Naval Reserve Recruiting Area Pacific and took over duties as Executive Officer for Navy Recruiting District San Diego as a result of the Navy's consolidation of its active and reserve recruiting organizations.
In August of 2005 CDR McInerney reported to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command as the Director of Officer Candidate School (OCS) Accessions. Following his work in officer accessions he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff, taking up duties as Deputy Director of the Navy's Diversity Directorate (OPNAV N134) and later working as the recruiting liaison to the Navy Director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13).
Commander McInerney served as a Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership for the 2008-2009 academic year. In August of 2008 he was selected for the Navy Permanent Military Professor Program. As a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America Commander McInerney's research has focused on moral theology, culminating in a dissertation on the moral thought of Augustine of Hippo. He reported to the faculty of the U. S. Naval Academy in July 2012.
Commander McInerney's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.