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Resident Fellowship in Ethics


United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership


Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023 and will continue until the positions are 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 U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center invites applications for its annual Resident Fellowship Program for academic year 2023-2024.  One of the Center’s premier programs is the Resident Fellowship.  The Fellowship unites academics, senior military officers, government executives, and others to strengthen the nation’s understanding of the ethics of national defense, warfare, and the military profession. 

The Secretary of the Navy and the Superintendent of the Naval Academy established the Center in 1998 to be a thought leader in the field of military ethics and leadership and serve the Naval Academy, the Naval Service and national institutions of influence.  The Center’s mission is “to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions” and the Center accomplishes this mission through research, consultation, innovation, and dissemination. 

The Stockdale Center anticipates selecting up to four residential fellows, whose focus will be a weekly seminar devoted to a defense-related ethics topic. Past topics have included “The Intellectual History of the Western Just War Tradition,” “Civil-Military Relations,” “Comparative Warfare Ethics," “Moral Virtue and Moral Injury” and “The Ethics of Future Conflict Scenarios.” Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct personal research in cooperation with a large department of civilian philosophers and approximately forty senior military officers who teach the Academy's required core ethics course.  We encourage qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. 

This is an in-person, gift funded, federal excepted service position.  Health and retirement benefits are not offered. This is a full-time, in-residence fellowship running from approximately mid-August 2023 until mid-May 2024.  



  • Dissertation phase of a Ph.D. program in the humanities, social sciences or international law. 


  • Ideal candidates will be Ph.D.’s in philosophical ethics, international law, political theory, international relations, public policy or history with peer-reviewed publications and university teaching experience.


Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, and curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references).  All application materials should be emailed to Dr. Edward T. Barrett, Director of Research, at

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed beginning on 1 January 2023. 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 accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require a 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.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to the Academy's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by emailing the form to Renee Sharps at  Your responses are optional and will not be shared with the search committee or anyone else involved in the selection process for this position.

Announcement: SC-22-23-1

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

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