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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Aerospace Engineering

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Aerospace Engineering Department


Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The Aerospace Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy invites applications for a tenure-track position specializing in Aeronautics to begin the Fall semester of 2019.  Applications will be accepted for all ranks of Professor (Assistant, Associate, and Full), but the ranks of Associate Professor and Full Professor will be considered only for candidates who have extensive records of teaching and scholarship in the desired disciplines. The Aerospace Engineering Department is committed to the value of a diverse faculty working as a team in an equitable and inclusive environment. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. All students in the ABET-accredited Aerospace Engineering program complete introductory courses in aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics before choosing a specialty track in Aeronautics or Astronautics. Aeronautics Track students further choose to concentrate on fixed wing flight or vertical lift flight. This position is for teaching courses primarily in the Aeronautics Track. Candidates should be strongly committed to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring of a diverse student population; producing high-quality, peer-reviewed research; and service to the institution and their professional communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in Aerospace Engineering, with emphasis on courses in aeronautics. Specific areas of need are itemized below as part of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The usual teaching load for tenure-track faculty is 9 to 12 contact hours per semester with small section sizes (10 to 25 students) and two to three courses per year.
  • Plan, perform, present, and publish peer-reviewed research.
  • Provide academic advising and mentoring for students in the Aerospace Engineering major.
  • Conduct service activities at the department, division, and institutional level commensurate with experience.

For more information about the Aerospace Engineering Department and major, please visit

This is a 10-month, tenure-track federal excepted service position. The initial contract period is for three years. Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • A Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or strongly related discipline. Anticipated completion of Ph.D. no later than June 2019 is acceptable.
  • Expertise in flight mechanics
  • U.S. Citizenship required


  • Experience in air vehicle design and fabrication is strongly desired.
  • Supplemental experience in other specialized aspects of aeronautics will merit consideration, including rotary wing or vertical lift flight mechanics, adaptive structures, and additive manufacturing.
  • A commitment to involving undergraduate students in research activities.


Candidates should send a cover letter, statements of teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three references that address both teaching and research abilities to be sent to Professor Chris L. Pettit, Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty Search Committee, at

In the statement of teaching interests, candidates should describe their experiences and approach to working with students from diverse backgrounds, as doing so is integral to success as an educator at USNA. For more information on the range of student backgrounds our faculty interact with daily, please see the USNA 2022 Class Portrait  (

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning November 26, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. 


The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position

All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable.  Background investigations for non-US Citizens often require up to two years to complete. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here

Announcement: AERO-18-19-3

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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