National Defense University
  • Location
    Fort McNair, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

This Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs position is in the College of International Security Affairs (CISA). CISA educates students from across the international, interagency, and interservice communities. Graduates include alumni from over 100 partner nations and every major U.S. federal executive agency. CISA's mission is to educate joint warfighters, civilian national security leaders, and partner nation counterparts in critical thinking to inform national strategy and globally integrated operations, under conditions of disruptive change, to prevail across the continuum of competition and war, with a special emphasis on irregular warfare.

The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs fosters institutional collaboration and integration in conjunction with the Dean of Administration, Dean of Students, and the functional Directorate Heads; Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Support Services Director (SSD). The Dean reports to the Component Head and is responsible to the VP-AA/Provost for the management and governance of the academic mission and their respective academic/research programs. The Dean works in a collegial and energetic fashion to balance the enterprise-wide requirements of the entire University with the often-competing internal requirements of their respective component in a resource constrained environment. The Dean provides the leadership, management, and expertise necessary to accomplish University-wide and component: strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment; development and documentation of required academic policies, guidance, and processes; academic program oversight; and faculty talent and performance management and professional development. Incumbent is a member of the University Dean's Council which serves as an academic and educational advisory body for the VP-AA/Provost and senior leadership regarding topics and issues pertaining to and/or impacting the academic programs including the functionally aligned academic and enterprise business support programs of the University.

The incumbent is the principal academic and policy adviser to the Component Head and VP-AA/Provost on all matters pertaining to the curriculum, accreditation, and faculty of their associated academic programs. The Dean is the executive head of the faculty and as chief academic officer of the college, in collaboration with the Component Head, is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of its component strategic plan. The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs ensures a comprehensive, student-centered college oversight policy and assessment program to deliver an effective, high quality, graduate-level academic program. This is accomplished with a faculty development, institutional research and educational policy team managed by the Dean. More specifically:

  1. Is the college's senior academic voice, the Dean is responsible for the content and quality of the college's curricula, the currency, relevance and pedagogical innovation of its component courses, programs, and curricula.
  2. Chairs the College Academic Policy Council (APC) or equivalent body for academic governance and peer review purposes.
  3. Provides academic and faculty leadership for the College.
  4. The Dean, leads a rigorous process of planning and assessing the curriculum to ensure: it remains relevant to the national security environment; it is in compliance with Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) requirements in CJCSI 1801.01, as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation requirements; the curriculum appropriately reflects the mission of College; and is pedagogically sound.
  5. Teaches core, concentration, or elective courses, as needed, to maintain contact with College courses, classrooms, and students, and to support delivery of the College curriculum. Teaching is secondary to leadership and academic oversight responsibilities.
  6. Maintains currency, expertise, and professional stature in the field through research and publication of scholarly work.
  7. Actively participates in University and component engagement efforts to share learning and scholarship within the college, throughout NDU, and beyond:
  8. Serves as a Working Group member of the Military Education Coordinating Council (MECC).
  9. Performs other duties and/or leads other projects as assigned; occasional travel may be required.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see
  • Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit
  • The position is governed by 10 USC 1595 and NDUI 1416.0l dated March 2017.
  • Must be able and willing to travel both domestically and internationally. Travel is seldom required. Less than 20 % of the time.
  • The incumbent must be able to successfully obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.


Must have a doctorate degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area (political science, history, international relations, security studies, war studies, etc.) and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.

Demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation and managerial skills.

Must have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations.

Must have a record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size or greater complexity. Must have experience developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment.

Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel across complex organizations.

Previous experience with irregular warfare and professional military education are a plus.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education Requirement: Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or, international equivalent.

Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

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