Air War College invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Professor of International Security Studies. Applicants should have expertise in the general national security studies field, with an emphasis on comparative and regional security, as well as scholarly interests in international political economy, comparative politics, and/or American national security policy.Learn more about this agency
The in-residence program at Air War College offers master's degrees and senior-level professional military education to U.S. military officers, civilian government officials, and to military officers from more than 40 nations. It contains a diverse faculty of security studies experts engaged in rigorous academic research on critical issues in contemporary security debates.
AWC offers a dynamic academic environment for both teaching and research. The position requires university-equivalent teaching experience (graduate-level preferred) and a suitable academic publication record. Responsibilities include: teaching graduate level seminars in the International Security Studies core curriculum (National Security Decision Making, Regional Security Studies, and Global Security); teaching electives in the applicant's area(s) of specialization; curriculum development; advising student research; and service to the institution. Teaching duties approximate a 2/2 teaching load per academic year. Approximate class sizes are 12-16 students per seminar.
The National Security and Decision Making core course evaluates the actors, structures, and processes involved in the U.S. 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 Security Studies core course enhances understanding of security, sociopolitical and cultural issues by coupling focused academic preparation with a field study to one of approximately 16 different areas of the world.
Responsibilities also include producing curriculum for core and elective courses including curriculum content, instructional methods/materials, and testing/evaluation instruments. Provide detailed feedback to students and documentation of student progress. Also serve as subject matter expert and advisor to AWC and AU on subjects of relevance to academic background and teaching areas. Supervise and advise student research in course work, research projects, and professional studies papers (up to 4 students per year).
The Air War College is a leading contributor of national security thought for leaders across the U.S. Government and highly encourages policy-relevant scholarship by its faculty. A successful candidate would be expected to engage in professional research and writing in area(s) of expertise. Would be actively seeking publication of book manuscripts as well as scholarly works such as articles, monographs, and book reviews for publication in peerreviewed scholarly journals, professional journals and other outlets. Present results of research at appropriate conferences and symposia. There is time and funding available for research and travel for individual areas of expertise or regional specialty.
Would serve in faculty positions supporting personnel and programs as determined by Department Chair, Dean of Academic Affairs, or AWC Commandant. Participates with other professional military education schools, professional organizations, AF /DoD institutions, universities and colleges for professional development. Delivers lectures, conducts seminars, participates in panel discussions related to AWC curriculum and in area of expertise at various institutions such as other professional military education schools, civilian institutions, and other learned societies. Maintains academic currency by consistently reviewing professional literature and participating in professional associations, as well as consistently ensuring academic support to all AU organizations for relevant conferences and other events sponsored by these organizations.
Expected to routinely deliver lectures, conduct seminars, and participate in panel discussions on areas of professional expertise. Would regularly attend conferences and workshops to present original research and in order to acquire timely and relevant scholarly work for inclusion into AWC courses as well as provide counterparts with materials appropriate to their programs.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- You may qualify for moving expenses; if authorized, may be covered using PCS, Recruitment or Relocation Incentive in accordance with agency policy.
- A secret security clearance is required.
- 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.
QualificationsA successful candidate must have expertise in international security issues. 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 fieldwork in a country or region, and sufficient language proficiency to enable research in that region or country.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with graduate-level faculty and exercise peer leadership in working with senior and mid-level college leadership in the development of senior leader development programs.
- Teaching experience at the graduate level, including the ability to develop curriculum and present the material at the graduate level.
- Knowledge of scholarly research methods and ability to conduct inquiry and publish in academic venues.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a wide range of diverse people and groups.
- Broad knowledge of the subject matter that comprises the AWC curriculum, i.e., global environment, international political structures and strategy; military thought and theory; military history; organization, capabilities, and limitations of armed forces.
Air University is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive educational environment:
- We are dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty committed to inclusive teaching and scholarship.
- Prospective candidates must engender a climate that values and uses diversity in all its forms to enrich debate and make the institution more inclusive.
- Applicants should address how they will further these goals in their cover letter.
A Ph.D. is required in Political Science, International Relations, History or a closely related field with an emphasis on international security policy.
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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.
The position will be an initial three year appointment with a one-year probationary period, with the potential for continued reappointment for additional 1-5 year terms.
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Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.
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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) 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.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice: Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
Teaching Accomplishments: Include teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and teaching awards.
Scholarly Accomplishments: Include research, grants/funding, consultations, publications, and awards.
Service Accomplishments: Include memberships, leadership roles, nature of service, and contributions in higher education institutions and/or professional organizations or societies.
Diversity Statement (required): Include teaching, life experience and/or research interests that contribute to a climate that values and promotes diversity in all its forms.
Professional references (required): Names and contact information for three individuals who can speak to your accomplishments.
Curriculum vitae or academic resume.
Transcripts/Registration/License: If qualifying on education/position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts - must contain the university logo (can be a copy) and if required for the position, submit an active, current registration/license.ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
Veterans: If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service/type under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If you are also claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable).
- Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
- Branch of Armed Forces
- Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
- Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
- Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
- Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
- Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
- Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.
Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable.
Awards for Current Federal Civilian employees - List any awards received within the last 3 years on the resume.
Note: Applicant must not submit award SF50s-Notification of Personnel Actions (SF50s).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/14/2021
To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11114181
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications). If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."
- It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Application Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name.
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Agency contact information
AddressAETC Maxwell Faculty
50 Lemay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Air University is the intellectual and leadership-development center of the Air and Space Forces. Our mission is to educate and develop Air, Space, and Cyberspace warrior leaders in support of the National Defense Strategy.
Air University, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the lead agent for Air Force education.
Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, encompassing precommissioning programs for new officers; graduate programs in specialized military disciplines; progressive, career-long professional military development for officer, enlisted, and civilian Airmen; and specialized programs for US cabinet appointees, senior executive service civilians, and general officers.
Air University draws on a long legacy of airpower education. The Wright brothers established the first US civilian flying school here in 1910. In the early 1930s, the Army Air Corps Tactical School moved to Montgomery, establishing Maxwell Field as the country's intellectual center for airpower education.
Air University was established in 1946, and today is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, masters, and doctor of philosophy degrees.
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