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Distinguished Visiting Professor (Corbin A. McNeill Chair in Engineering)


United States Naval Academy, Mechanical Engineering Department


Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 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 a 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 our 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 Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy invites applications for the Corbin A. McNeill Chair in Engineering commencing as early as Spring 2023. We are seeking someone that can facilitate connections and collaborations that advance our mission to develop engineering leaders.  An ideal candidate is someone with an outstanding reputation and technical expertise in engineering or a closely related field. The appointee will have the opportunity to mentor midshipmen, teach classes, advise independent research and support senior design projects. An advanced degree in Engineering (or a closely related field) is preferred, a Ph.D. is not required. 

This is a 10-month, gift-funded, federal excepted service position.  This full-time, on-site position will have an initial appointment that will last one to two years, based on the needs of the Naval Academy and desires of the appointee.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Required Minimum Qualifications (at time of application):

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in engineering or a closely related field
  • High level technical leadership experience with the Federal Government, Industry, and/or Academia
  • A desire to promote and inspire the development of midshipmen into competent technical professionals and leaders


1.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three professional references that address the candidate’s ability to work with people to develop and execute programs be sent to Professor Andrew N. Smith, Chair of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at

2.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled. 


  • To comply with the applicable nationwide preliminary injunction on Executive Order 14043, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.  Newly hired employees will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. 


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • All Civilian Excepted Service/Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication.  The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

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

Announcement: MECH-22-23-2

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

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