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NAPS - Instructor (Physics)


Newport, RI - United States Naval Academy Preparatory School


Application review will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), located within the confines of Naval Station Newport in Newport, RI, is a critical component of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) where we enhance midshipmen candidates' moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for admission to, and success at USNA.

NAPS is a ten month post-secondary preparatory school, emphasizing preparation in mathematics, chemistry, English Composition, physics, and Information Technology.  The students have diverse backgrounds, coming from high schools across the United States and its territories or they may be prior enlisted members of the Navy and Marine Corps.  The NAPS student body (the Battalion) is selected from applicants to USNA, with each candidate being required to complete the NAPS program before being admitted as a student at USNA.

The Naval Academy has produced noted leaders, and its graduates (many of whom began their journey at NAPS) have excelled in every walk of life.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate university, USNA has a unique place amongst American educational institutions.  Our talented civilian faculty and staff are united by one common purpose - to develop the next generation of leaders for our naval service.  In order to best execute that purpose, our faculty, instructors, and support staff are selected from all segments of society and are expected to model the highest professional standards.  

Those selected for employment at NAPS are tasked with ensuring a select group of candidates are best prepared to enter the Naval Academy.  This task is challenging, but also rewarding as employees work within a coordinated program alongside other faculty and staff dedicated to inspiring excellence, while also receiving the benefits of federal employment and enjoying an exceptional quality-of-life. 


The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) invites applications for an Physics Instructor.  In pursuit of academic excellence, the Naval Academy fosters an educational environment that supports and encourages midshipman learning and critical thinking through innovative teaching methods that address a variety of learning styles. We seek outstanding civilian and military faculty and staff from all segments of society, and provide them with the necessary support resources to enable midshipmen to achieve academic success. Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment that instills a passion for lifelong learning and imbues our midshipmen with the intellectual curiosity and analytical rigor needed to be in the forefront of technological advances and global understanding in a rapidly changing and diverse world.  The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) prepares midshipman candidates for the Academy’s challenging program.

The Naval Academy Fosters an educational environment that supports and encourages midshipman learning and critical thinking through innovative teaching methods that address a variety of learning styles.  NAPS prepares midshipman candidates for the Academy’s challenging program.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Demonstrate Classroom Effectiveness - Prepare and provide clear instruction while necessarily adjusting pace and depth to maximize learning, while following a prescribed curriculum and schedule of instruction as coordinated with other instructors. Establish and maintain a positive classroom environment to stimulate intellectual effort, motivate and facilitate learning, provide a comfortable environment for questions to be asked, and support the rules of the organization.   Assessment and feedback of student homework, quizzes and tests are core elements of instructor duties. Smaller class sizes enable the instructor to provide that critical feedback providing opportunity for students to improve their knowledge of content, display of work, understanding of mathematical concepts and procedure and attention to detail in problem solving.
    • Provide Out of Class Academic Instruction – Provide individualized extra instruction by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Monitor study periods, sometimes involving large groups of students, including providing tutoring, maintaining an environment conducive to learning, mentoring students in study strategies, time management, and positive work habits.  This will be done by a combination of traditional work day, evening periods and weekend hours when classroom instructors are not available.
    • Maintain Curriculum Vitality – Provide suggestions to update course curriculum as needed. Support the creation of syllabi, or common course assessments such as assignments, worksheets, or tests, as assigned.  Changes in course material are often required to ensure relevance and better prepare students. Coordinated course material is utilized to ensure consistent preparation and assessment of students with similar skill sets.
    • Support School-wide Mission – Provide leadership for curricular and extracurricular activities as assigned. Participate in suitable professional development.
    • Coordinate with Supervisor - Provide overall support of Division tasking as assigned. Balance of focus among the critical elements is directed by the supervisor. Timely support division administrative requirements in a professional fashion, to include submission of academic reports and personnel performance appraisals.

This is a 10-month federal excepted service position, with an initial 3-year appointment.  Initial duties will be in supplemental role to students and instructors.  Some flexibility in schedule is required to include Saturday.  Renewal of this appointment is anticipated and will be contingent on the performance of the incumbent during the contract period as well as the needs and emerging plans relating to the Naval Academy Preparatory School's Physics Division curriculum.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Additional information about the Naval Academy Preparatory School can be found at:

Naval Academy Preparatory School



  • Bachelor's degree in physics, or a closely related science or engineering field with significant physics coursework, from an accredited college or university.
  • At least one year of experience teaching physics at the high school or post-secondary school level.
  • The ability to teach physics classes at the high school and introductory undergraduate level, including calculus-based physics.


  • Experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Master's degree or PhD in physics.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae that includes professional experience relevant to the position, the contact information for three references that address teaching abilities and effectiveness.


  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
    • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.
  • Position is open until filled. Applications will be evaluated beginning October 1, 2021. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA and NAPS 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: NAPS-21-22-9

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

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