• National Security Affairs
  • Newport, RI, USA
  • Apr 05, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description


Launch your scholarly career at one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in the interdisciplinary field of national and international security studies.  The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island seeks to fill a full-time teaching and research postdoctoral fellow anticipated vacancy beginning in July 2021.

U.S. Naval War College.  The Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.  The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy makers.  The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force.  We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds.  More information on the college can be found at

National Security Affairs Department.  The NSA Department is one of the college’s core academic teaching departments and is composed of scholars and practitioners engaged in a wide range of teaching, research, and outreach.  You can learn more about the NSA Department at our webpage:

Responsibilities.  This postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship is a one year in-resident appointment beginning July 2021 and is renewable by the NSA Department for a second year.  During the year, the teaching requirement is two seminars of the common core National Security Affairs Department courses.  Postdoctoral fellows may also opt to offer an elective class in one of their areas of expertise, but this is not a requirement of the position.  Scholarly research conducted pursuant to the fellowship should contribute to the field of security studies. Expectations are high in both teaching and research.  

Qualifications.  Qualified candidates must have a relevant and recent Ph.D. or have successfully defended their dissertation at the time of appointment.  Examples of relevant Ph.D. concentrations include international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, or U.S. foreign policy.  Additional desirable qualifications include teaching experience and a publication record that demonstrates a promising scholarly agenda.  Ph.D. candidates who will be completing by July 2021 are encouraged to apply.  This position is open only to U.S. citizens.

Salary.  Salary is $66,103 from the Navy Faculty Pay Schedule and a research travel stipend ($5,000).  This compensation package is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. 

Application Procedures.  Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm (EDT) April 23, 2021.  The application package must include the following:  1) cover letter; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) research proposal (no more than 5 pages); 4) writing sample (no more than 30 pages); 5) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available); and, 6) applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately.

Applicants should reference VA#NWC-21-03 and forward their application package to:  Signed letters of recommendation should be sent via email to (preferred method) or be mailed to:

Department of National Security Affairs

U.S. Naval War College

686 Cushing Road

Newport, RI  02841-1207

ATTN:  Jamie Hatch

Please direct any questions about the position or the institution to the Department Chair, Professor Derek Reveron, at

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attached supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at 

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.