Job Overview


The National Defense University (NDU) is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development and scholarship.

Under the direction and leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the oversight of the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (J-7), NDU offers a collegial and collaborative academic environment to support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. Students are selected for their leadership potential and attend classes at Fort McNair in Washington DC; the Joint forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA; and at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC. A variety of on-line courses are offered as well. At NDU, students are encouraged and taught to think creatively, critically, and imaginatively in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. The curriculum combines information technology and classroom experience with many other aspects such as international travel and exposure; interaction with industry, members of the inter-agency community, and international allies and partners; and participation, research and professional exchanges with local and national consortia of national security academic institutions.

This position is at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Strategic Leadership Deparment, at the National Defense University.  The students are US and foreign officers in the rank of captain/commander in the Navy and Coast Guard and in the rank of colonel/lieutenant colonel in the other services as well as civilians in the grade of GM/GS 14-15 and SES, and civilian equivalents in other federal agencies, foreign governments, and in the private sector.  NDU is fully accredited to award a Master's Degree from the Middle States Association and is considered the nation's premier Joint Professional Military (JPME) University.

NDU invites interested persons to apply for a position as Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor of Strategic Leadership, which is currently available at The Eisenhower School for the year term commencing on or about 1 May 2014.


  • Develop and conduct graduate-level seminar instruction in the ES Strategic Leadership core curriculum, in the NDU-wide electives program, and in one or more of the following ES multidisciplinary courses: Industry Analytics, Industry Studies, National Security Strategy and Resourcing, and International Comparative Business Environment.
  • Teach at the graduate level using the Socratic Method as well as adult and experiential learning techniques, focusing on strategic leadership and organizational change/transformation. 
  • Design academic curriculum, courses and syllabi to include the use and assessment of practical exercises and case study analysis.
  • Serve as the Director of the ES Individual Assessment and Development Programs.  He/she will oversee and administer all aspects of the current Executive Assessment and Development Program (EADP) or its successor, by which students at the ES, National War College (NWC) and other outreach clients take a battery of self-assessment instruments, get a 360 degree evaluation, and then receive counseling on the results and executive development coaching. 
  • Serve as a primary faculty advisor to several students. 
  • Serve as a research advisor for selected students conducting and presenting graduate-level research.
  • Train counselors or executive coaches as required. 
  • Assist in the implementation of major changes at the university. 
  • Develop individual assessment and development programs.
  • Research issues for publication related to strategic leadership and national security.
  • Mentor students in multidisciplinary capstone "wicked problem" exercises, and counsel students in executive assessment and development.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No