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Distinguished Visiting Professor (Aerospace Rogers Chair)


United States Naval Academy, Aerospace Engineering Department


Review of applications has begun 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 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 Aerospace Engineering Department invite applications for the David F. Rogers Distinguished Visiting Professor of Aeronautics position to begin as early as spring of 2020.  The successful candidate is expected to be an eminent leader in government or industry who will effectively leverage their accumulated experiences to instruct and mentor students within the context of project-based learning activities, primarily Capstone Design. Expectations also include working closely with Midshipman and resident faculty in the core disciplines of the aeronautics curriculum.

The culmination of curriculum is the year-long Capstone Design course sequence. Capstone design projects provide the opportunity for Midshipman teams to conceive mission needs for a flight vehicle system, communicate with potential stakeholders, define requirements, design the system, and ultimately validate it. Specific responsibilities include classroom instruction, lab activities, field work, team mentoring, and scholarly collaboration, to include Midshipmen research. In particular, the Aeronautics Capstone Design Program emphasizes the consideration of vertical lift vehicles.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

• Teach relevant courses in the Aerospace Engineering curricula, particularly within the Aeronautics Track

• Coordinate the instruction and mentoring of Midshipmen teams within the Aeronautics Capstone Program; collaborate with the coordinator of the Astronautics Capstone Program

• Collaborate with the coordinators of prerequisite “feeder” courses to the Aeronautics Capstone Program

• Advise or co-advise Midshipman research projects, as appropriate

• Support faculty committees for curriculum development efforts, assessment of curriculum outcomes, and continuous program improvement

We are particularly interested in candidates who can add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their teaching, mentoring, and service.  USNA is among the most geographically diverse colleges in the United States. The student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen, is composed of undergraduates from all 50 states and 29 countries.  We seek candidates who are interested in contributing to our diverse academic community, and who support and demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  In addition to academics, opportunities exist for faculty involvement in a broad range of midshipmen activities such as summer sailing programs and varsity and club-level athletics.

This is a federal excepted service position; it is a non-tenured, gift funded, contract position within the Division of Engineering and Weapons with a salary range that is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The term is for three years with an option to renew. 



  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution
  • Substantial military, industry, or academic experience in manned or unmanned air vehicle engineering
  • Experience functioning within multi-disciplinary technical teams
  • A willingness and ability to function effectively in a university environment that requires a strong commitment to undergraduate engineering education
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills


  • Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering, with specialization in aeronautics, or a field relevant to aeronautics
  • Demonstrated expertise in one of the core disciplines that support air vehicle design (e.g., aerodynamics, propulsion, materials, structures, stability & control, avionics & mission systems), with exposure to others
  • Experience engineering both fixed-wing and vertical-lift air vehicle configurations
  • Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams, to include requirements definition, economics trade-offs, manufacture, and flight test/operations
  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level with demonstrated excellence
  • Exposure to prototype development and/or testing
  • Familiarization with federal regulations relevant to small air vehicle operations


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to CDR Jeffrey King, Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department, at

If relevant, address your research experience/involvement and how it might enhance your effectiveness in the classroom/design studio.

Please note: Application review has begun and 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.

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: AERO-19-20-1


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

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