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Professor of Leadership Education

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Leadership Education and Development Division
APPLICATION TIMELINE: Application review will begin on January 8, 2018 and will remain open until 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 unique 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 invites applications for the Class of ’61 Professor of Leadership Education to begin as early as January 2018 in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Division

The Class of 1961 Professor of Leadership Education will take a leading role in expanding leadership education programs, mentoring junior faculty, advising and assisting the Chair of the Leadership, Ethics and Law (LEL) Department on leadership curriculum matters, teaching undergraduate core and elective courses, and conducting research and scholarship in leadership development.  The successful candidate must have a professional and academic background consistent with the demands of a prominent leadership role at an academically elite service academy. The Naval Academy is the nation’s premier source for developing leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Curriculum Development. The PLE advises and assists the LEL Department Chair in the development and integration of new and existing core and elective courses and programs within the department and, as required, across USNA. The PLE reviews and assesses course offerings and collaborates in improving existing courses, developing new courses, and working with colleagues in other departments to expand leadership offerings. The PLE assists in LEAD division’s integration of the honor program, character development, and leadership education.
  2. Faculty Liaison. The PLE advises and assists the LEAD Division Director and LEL Department Chair in external relations with the Faculty Senate Committees, Commandant of Midshipmen, Academic Dean, and The Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership on matters pertaining to leadership education curricula. 
  3. Mentorship and Professional Faculty Development. The PLE mentors and advises junior military instructors and civilian faculty members on teaching pedagogy and skills development and serves as colleague and advisor to mid-grade and senior civilian and permanent military professors in the LEL Department. The PLE assists with planning and execution of the new and returning leadership instructor training/development programs.
  4. Teaching, Scholarship, and Research. The PLE teaches two core leadership course sections and one elective course section each semester. The PLE also serves as a representative of the LEAD Division at internal and external leadership conferences, presentations, meetings, lectures and colloquia. The PLE engages in productive research and scholarship on leadership education and development and produces at least one scholarly paper, report or professional publication each academic year.
  5. Curriculum Oversight, LEAD Masters Degree Program. The PLE assists the LEAD Program Manager with curriculum oversight and supervision of the USNA LEAD Masters Degree Program. Curriculum oversight responsibilities include: conducting periodic curriculum review, development, and assessment of courses and curricula included in the contract programs; conducting periodic programmatic and educational outcomes needs assessments and reviews; assisting USNA and USN program and logistics contract managers in the oversight, management and execution of the program contract; serve as academic liaison between USNA and the contract provider.

This is a 10-month gift funded position eligible for reappointment for terms of up to 3 years. Summer intersessional work assignments may be available based on recommendation from the Division Director.  If summer work assignments are not available or approved, the incumbent shall be placed in a leave without pay (LWOP) status from mid-June to mid-August during annual summer intersessional periods.



  • Ph.D. in a field central to leadership (e.g., organizational behavior, industrial and organizational psychology, social psychology, sociology, leadership development).
  • Leadership experience
  • United States Citizenship required.


  • Record of successful teaching, student advising, and faculty mentoring. 
  • Record of notable research and a stream of publications relevant to the field of leadership. 
  • Clear evidence of experience with and an understanding of the military culture.
  • Experience with donor stewardship  


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. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


  1. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, leadership and research statements, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three letters of recommendation that address both leadership and research abilities to be sent to the chair of the hiring committee, CDR Kevin Mullaney, at

  2. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 8, 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

  3. 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: LEAD-17-18-1

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

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