Resident Fellowship in Ethics

United States Naval Academy
  • Location
    Annapolis, Maryland
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

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 U.S. Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center invites applications for its annual Resident Fellowship Program for academic year 2022-2023. One of the Center’s premier programs is the Resident Fellowship. The Fellowship unites academics, senior military officers, government executives, and others to strengthen the nation’s understanding of the ethics of national defense, warfare, and the military profession.

The Secretary of the Navy and the Superintendent of the Naval Academy established the Center in 1998 to be a thought leader in the field of military ethics and leadership and serve the Naval Academy, the Naval Service and national institutions of influence. The Center’s mission is “to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions” and the Center accomplishes this mission through research, consultation, innovation, and dissemination.

The Stockdale Center anticipates selecting up to four residential fellows, whose focus will be a weekly seminar devoted to a defense-related ethics topic. Past topics have included “The Intellectual History of the Western Just War Tradition,” “Civil-Military Relations,” “Comparative Warfare Ethics," “Moral Virtue and Moral Injury” and “The Ethics of Future Conflict Scenarios.” Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct personal research in cooperation with a large department of civilian philosophers and approximately forty senior military officers who teach the Academy's required core ethics course. We encourage qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

This is a gift funded, federal excepted service position. Health and retirement benefits are not offered. This is a full-time, in-residence fellowship running from mid-August 2022 until mid-May 2023.



  • Dissertation phase of a Ph.D. program in a humanities or social science area.


  • Ideal candidates will be Ph.D.’s in philosophical ethics, psychology, political theory, international relations, public policy or history with peer-reviewed publications and university teaching experience.


  • Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, and curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references).
    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
  • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.

All application materials should be emailed to Dr. Edward T. Barrett, Director of Research, at [email protected].

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning January 17, 2022. The positions will remain open until filled.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required


  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • 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

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