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Ethics Fellow


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


Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2024 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 serves a diverse student body. We believe that faculty members from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages 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 2024-2025. 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 ethical military 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,” “Liberal Democracy: Critics and Challenges,” and “The Ethics of Future Conflict Scenarios.”  Fellows also have the opportunity to teach and 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 onsite, 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 2024 until mid-May 2025.  



  • 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, a curriculum vitae, and provide the contact information for three professional references. All application materials should be emailed to Dr. Edward T. Barrett, Director of Research, at

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. 


-U.S. Citizenship Required

-All Civilian 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.

Optional Demographic Information Request

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to This form is optional; your responses will not be shared with the hiring committee or anyone involved in the hiring process.

Announcement: STOCKD-23-24-2

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

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