Professor of Maritime Security and Governance






The U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island invites applications for a faculty appointment as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the International Programs department supporting the Maritime Security and Governance Staff Course.  This is a two (2) year term appointment to a non-tenure track position.  This is not a remote work position; however, the incumbent may be eligible for situational telework as determined by policy and the position requirements.  The incumbent may be expected to travel on occasion.


U.S. Naval War College.  The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) 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 (NECHE).  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 and eventually serve as 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


International Programs.  For many decades, one of the principal missions of the NWC has been to strengthen the U.S. Navy’s global maritime partnerships.  This is done through outreach, research and education designed to increase the capability and capacity of the country’s maritime partners.  The Maritime Security and Governance Staff Course (MSGSC) is a five-month long program for mid-grade career naval officers from smaller navies and coast guards around the world.  It offers operational-level exposure to the most pressing maritime security challenges of the modern era.  The course begins with a strategic assessment of the contemporary role of navies and coast guards, with a focus on the promotion of maritime security and governance.  Next, constabulary operations are examined in depth as are the concepts that support them, such as the law of the sea, international cooperation, and interagency coordination.  The curriculum is delivered through discussion in seminars, immersion in realistic practical exercises, and travel to naval facilities and maritime agencies around the country.  Students also participate in the Field Studies Program that provides them with an understanding of American institutions, values and way of life.


Responsibilities.  The incumbent will teach the MSGSC course with duties including:  conducting classroom instruction; reviewing and evaluating student products, examinations, and other written and verbal assessments, including performance during practical exercises; developing curricula; performing educational administrative functions for the department; and performing various types of service to the College, including academic research.

Qualifications.  Essential qualifications include a Master’s Degree from the NWC or an advanced degree in international relations, national security affairs, or a related field from an accredited university, and relevant experience in one or more of the following areas:  international law of the sea; contemporary naval operations; terrorism and counter-terror operations, transnational organized crime; piracy; maritime law enforcement; marine safety; marine resource protection; international naval cooperation; interagency coordination; the Blue Economy.


Desirable qualifications include a Ph.D., J.D. or another terminal professional degree.  Operational or staff experience in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard is important, but not mandatory.   Research, analysis or wargaming experience in the maritime domain is also considered highly desirable, as is prior teaching experience at the university level.  Additionally, experience working collaboratively with peers in a learning environment, as well as experience creating a professional seminar atmosphere that enhances student educational outcomes is desired.


Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the SECRET level.


Salary Considerations.  Salary is competitive and 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. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule and NWC policy.


Application Process.  Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-11 and forward their application package via email to:  [email protected] .  The application package should include:  1) letter of application; 2) resume or curriculum vitae; and 3) names and contact information for three professional references.  Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm (EDT), 31 July 2024.


Questions about this position should be directed via email to Professor Robert Winneg at [email protected].


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/CV and attach supporting documentation (DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”) to their submission.  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 of the claimed disability (e.g., disability letter from the VA).  The 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  Active duty members must submit a statement of service with their application.


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.