Professor of International Security Studies

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 08

Position description

The Air War College is recruiting for a faculty position in the general national security studies field, with an emphasis on comparative and regional security, including the areas of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, or possibly other regions (excluding Europe). The Air War College is also interested in candidates whose scholarly interests are in international political economy, comparative politics, and/or in American national security policy.


The AWC offers a dynamic academic environment for both teaching and research. Responsibilities include teaching graduate-level seminars in the core courses of National Security and Decision Making, Global Security and Regional and Cultural Studies, as well as electives in area(s) of specialization, research and publication, advising student research, and service to the institution. Additional duties may include curriculum development, participation in war-gaming and national security exercises, serving as a seminar academic advisor and on various school committees. There is time and funding available for research and travel for individual areas of expertise or regional specialty.

The National Security and Decision Making core course evaluates the actors, structures and processes involved in the US national security decision making process. The Global Security core course examines the challenges facing the United States and its partners on a global basis using a region-by-region comparative approach. The Regional and Cultural Studies core course enhances understanding of security, sociopolitical and cultural issues by coupling focused academic preparation with a field study to one of approximately 14 different areas of the world.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • A security clearance may be required
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
  • This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. This is an Administratively Determined position in the excepted service.


A Ph.D. is required in Political Science, International Relations, History or a closely related field with an emphasis on international security policy. A successful candidate must have expertise in international security issues and a regional expertise. A regional focus on Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or possibly other regions is highly desired. Expertise in the connections between economic and security issues is also desirable.

Academic teaching experience and/or extensive professional experience and a suitable publication record are required. Teaching experience at the graduate level and professional experience at a senior level within the DoD or other government agencies, especially in the interagency, are also highly desired, but not required. Recent teaching evaluations may be requested from final candidates. Regional expertise is also highly desired, defined as having engaged in field work in a country or region, and sufficient language proficiency to enable research in that region or country.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

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