Professor of International Security Studies

Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB

Professor of International Security Studies

  • Institution: Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Montgomery, AL US
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Professor of International Security Studies

  • Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB | Montgomery, AL US
  • Hourglass IconDeadline: February 26, 2022
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Job TitleProfessor of International Security Studies

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Faculty

Salary Range $ $90,000 - $130,000 per year

Location Montgomery, AL US

Deadline February 26, 2022

Contact Information

Contact Name Christopher Paige

Department Department of International Security Studies


Phone US +1 (334) 953-3781

Job Description

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Professor of International Security Studies


Air Education and Training Command


International Security Studies professors at the Air War College mentor and instruct the next generation of senior defense leaders from the US and our partner nations. These courses include National Security Decision-Making, Global Security, Regional Security Studies in faculty regions of expertise, and electives on topics of interest/research. In addition, professors advise student research, team-teach and evaluate our year-end capstone exercise, conduct research, and fulfill service responsibilities.


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 highly desired) 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 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; providing detailed feedback to students and documentation of student progress; serving as subject matter expert and advisor to AWC and the broader Air University community on subjects of relevance to academic background and teaching areas; and supervising and advising 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, book chapter contributions, and book reviews for publication in peer­ reviewed scholarly journals, professional journals and other outlets; and would 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.



U.S. Citizenship Required
Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guide
You may qualify for moving expenses if authorized may be covered using PCS, Recruitment or Relocation Incentive in accordance with agency policy
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.
Ability to obtain a secret security clearance is required.


A 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, especially in the interagency, are also highly desired. Recent teaching evaluations may be requested from final candidates. Regional expertise in Asia (preferably South Asia, Southeast Asia, or Northeast Asia) or Latin America 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.

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 diversity statement.



A Ph.D. is required in Political Science (with expertise in international relations and/or comparative politics), History, or a closely related field with an emphasis on international security policy.

Additional information

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.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the “Highly Qualified” or “Best Qualified” Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11341356

Department of the Air Force has implemented COVID-19 vaccination requirements set forth in 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. Upon selection, you will be required to provide documentation proof as “fully vaccinated” prior to issuance of a firm job offer. Air Force will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. More information on COVID requirements may be found here. Additionally, please do not disclose your vaccination status on your resume.

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. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit GSA Bulletin FTR 20-04 here for additional information.


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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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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 You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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.

Required Documents

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.

Cover letter, which should address your qualifications for the position described above. Include the Announcement Number for this position in your letter.
Separate statement of diversity. Include teaching, life experience and/or research interests that contribute to a climate that values and promotes diversity in all its forms.
Curriculum vitae (CV) or academic resume.
Transcripts for both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Legible PDF copies of official transcripts are acceptable for initial application submission. If an official transcript is not yet available due to a recent graduation, a letter of degree completion provided by the university awarding the degree will suffice. However, if selected, you will be required to provide original copies of official transcripts.
Separate List of Professional References: Names and contact information for three individuals who can speak to your accomplishments, work ethic, and character. These individuals should have no stake in the outcome of this search.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

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.

How to Apply

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/07/2022

To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

Agency contact information

Christopher Paige

AETC Maxwell Faculty
50 Lemay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


Next steps

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
Reasonable accommodation policy
Financial suitability
Selective Service
New employee probationary period
Signature and false statements
Privacy Act
Social security number request

Accepting applications
Open & closing dates
01/04/2022 to 02/07/2022

$90,000 – $130,000 per year

Pay scale & grade

2 vacancies in the following location:

Maxwell AFB, AL


Telework eligible
Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

Travel Required
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes— You may qualify for moving expenses if authorized may be covered using PCS, Recruitment or Relocation Incentive in accordance with agency policy

Appointment type

Work schedule


Promotion potential

Job family (Series)
1701 General Education And Training

Supervisory status

Security clearance

Drug test

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

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