Chair of War Studies

Company Name:
Department of Defense - Dept. of the Army
United States Citizens Excepted Service Term Full Time
Civilian faculty serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army. In particular, they assist in educating the United States Army War College student body, which consists of U.S. military officers of all services in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and colonel, upper-level civilians from federal agencies, and foreign military officers.
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, is a U.S. Army installation specializing in Department of the Army and Department of Defense senior leadership educational programs. The historic post supports missions such as the U.S. Army War College, including the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, Strategic Studies Institute, Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute, Senior Leader Development and Resiliency, and Army Heritage and Education Center; and Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic. The post is a vibrant, cutting-edge workplace that supports the education and training of tomorrows military leaders. Carlisle Barracks is one of Central PA's leading and most respected employers.
About the Position:
The United States Army War College (USAWC) seeks to fill a newly established Chair of War Studies. This is a fulltime, long-term, civilian faculty position provided under USC Title 10 Section 4021 at the United States Army's most senior institution for professional military education.
The USAWC educates the top echelon of US military officers of all services, government civilians, and military officers from scores of foreign countries. It develops strategic leaders by providing a rigorous curriculum of theoretical and professional subjects. The education is delivered two ways--through a ten-month resident program (about 385 students) and a two-year distance education program (about 360 students). Both lead to a Master's of Strategic Studies accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The educational mission of the USAWC is particularly important following the last thirteen years of war. During those years, the Army necessarily focused on operational requirements and became exceptionally competent at the tactical and operational levels of war. In contrast, professional military education received less emphasis, particularly at the senior (strategic) level. With US forces now mostly withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has resolved to invest in human capital as the surest way to prepare the officer corps for future national security challenges. The Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, therefore called for an "intellectual renaissance" to revitalize professional education, particularly at the strategic level. For an explanation of how the intellectual renaissance is unfolding at the USAWC, see Anthony Cucolo and Lance Betros, "Strengthening Professional Military Education at the Senior Level: The Case of the United States Army War College," Joint Force Quarterly 74 (3rd Quarter 2014),
ACADEMIC RANK AND SALARY WILL BE BASED ON EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. Initial appointment may be for up to four years, with the first year being probationary. Appointments may be renewed. Academic standards for USAWC faculty members are organized around requisite academic roles of teaching, scholarship, and service (both internal and external).
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements. Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a TopSecret security clearance. Must provide official college transcripts, upon request. Must be available for employment within 90 days of acceptance.
In consonance with General Odierno's vision, the Chair of War Studies would strengthen the Army War College faculty in the interdisciplinary study of war. While the College is fortunate to have a talented faculty with expertise in wide-ranging fields, the heavy responsibilities of teaching, service, and related activities reduce the potential for cutting-edge scholarship and engagement with external audiences.
The Chair of War Studies would help redress these shortfalls by engaging in cutting-edge scholarship that would shape the Army War College curriculum and influence military strategy and national security policy. Additionally, the Chair would lecture widely, teach courses (reduced load), organize and participate in scholarly conferences, lead collaborative research projects, mentor faculty and students, and counsel Army War College leaders on curricular issues. Notwithstanding the above, during the first year of employment we would expect the Chair to be a fully integrated member of the teaching faculty and thus master the extant curriculum.
It is our intent to hire for Chair of War Studies a scholar of rising international reputation. The ideal candidate would have a strong record of relevant and highly acclaimed publications making him/her a recognized expert in the study of war at the strategic level. We do not have a specific field in mind; rather, we seek someone deeply grounded in a relevant discipline--e.g., history, political science, international relations, war studies, economics, etc.--but committed to a theoretical and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of war. In addition to interdisciplinary excellence, the ideal candidate would have experience serving or advising in high-level counsels of government, as our core curriculum combines the theory and practice of war at the strategic level.
Besides having a distinguished scholarly record, the person selected for the Chair of War Studies must be a good fit for the Army War College. Specifically, we seek candidates who are professionally mature, open to staying in the job for a career, and committed to long-term contributions in service to the nation. Additionally, the selectee must have the ability to work collegially at a military institution while embodying the finest traditions of civilian academe.
To be clear, we fully expect the Chair to initiate innovative programs, but to do so in a way that leverages the strengths of the faculty and avoids fracturing the cohesiveness of the military culture. We envision the Chair of War Studies spending most of his/her time at the Army War College and living in the Carlisle community. The intent is to integrate the Chair fully into the life of the institution. To facilitate engagements with academic institutions, think tanks, and government agencies relevant to the Chair's professional duties, we would expect the Chair to live in the vicinity of Carlisle and travel as necessary to maintain strong external relationships.
As part of their teaching responsibilities, faculty members act as mentors and role models who strive to inspire students through personal example. Scholarship through research makes an original contribution to a body of knowledge or theory, aspiring to create an understanding of causal relationships that underlie strategic leadership, policy formulation, or national security strategy. External service is defined as those activities that support organizations and address audiences and stakeholders that are not part of USAWC or its programs. Internal service is defined as nonteaching activities that support the accomplishment of the USAWC mission from within, thus demonstrating good institutional citizenship, defined as a pattern of behavior characterized by conscientious commitment to institutional improvement and the values of the Army.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below as selective placement factors/knowledge skills and abilities (KSAs) and other requirements. Your r sum must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. For additional information about transcripts see; .
Selective Placement Factors/Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
1. Ph.D. in a discipline relating to the theory and practice of war at the strategic level--e.g., history, political science, international relations, war studies, economics, etc.
2. Distinguished record of scholarship applicable to the theory and practice of war at the strategic level.
3. Ability to influence military and civilian decision makers, directly or indirectly, through the power of intellect.
4. Experience serving or advising in high-level counsels of government or at the strategic level in military or civilian organizations.
5. Experience designing curriculums and developing courses relevant to the theory and practice of war at the strategic level.
6. Excellence as a lecturer and instructor, particularly at the graduate level.
7. Ability to work collegially with diverse (military, civilian, foreign) graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
8. Refined oral communication and presentation skills.
9. Extensive professional network enabling access to academic institutions, think tanks, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, etc.
10. Ability to lead student and faculty research projects.
11. Ability to plan and conduct conferences that yield influential outcomes.
12. Record of success in obtaining research grants and participating in professional outreach programs.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S Department of Education websites .
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your r sum .
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Please include the announcement number on your application.
Your application package (see How to Apply section) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. A panel of faculty experts will use the above criteria to identify the best-qualified candidates based on the basic qualifications requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application packet that includes the items listed below. If you fail to provide these documents, your packet will be judged incomplete and may not be considered further.
1. Letter of application addressing the required qualifications and KSAs, above.
2. Curriculum vitae or r sum .
3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship.
4. Samples of scholarship or publication (will not be returned).
5. Unofficial or official academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.
6. List of six professional references.
7. Documentation supporting any request for Veteran's Preference (such as a DD Form 214).
Both paper and electronic submissions are acceptable, but the latter is strongly encouraged. Send complete applications to the Associate Provost, using the contact information shown under the What To Expect Next section.
Application must be postmarked by the closing date of this job announcement.
Announcement closes at 12:00 am (midnight) Eastern Time.
The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Please see the list of required documents in the How To Apply section above. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this job announcementmay result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
Once this announcement closes, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the experience and/or education requirements found in the vacancy announcement. If you are found to be qualified, your application/r sum may be referred to the selecting official for selection. If your application/resume is referred to the selecting official, you may be contacted for an interview; however, this is optional. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative job offer. This process may take several weeks after the closing date of the job announcement.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this job announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Submit your application package and any requests for further information to:
Dr. G. K. Cunningham
Associate Provost
U.S. Army War College
122 Forbes Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013-5217 glenn.k.cunningham.
While compensation is dependent on the Chair's qualifications and professional experience, we are prepared to offer a salary-and-benefits package designed to attract the most talented applicants. Additionally, the Army War College will provide $20,000 annually to support a full range of professional activities--conference attendance, professional travel, research and editorial assistance, and associated expenses. The intent is to provide the Chair sufficient resources and encouragement to produce seminal scholarship and represent the Army War College at a wide range of professional forums.
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package may include benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center. Benefits might include:
Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job
Salary includes applicable locality pay.
The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

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