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The United States Air Force Academy is an undergraduate institution awarding the Bachelor of Science degree as part of its mission to inspire and develop outstanding young men and women to become Air Force officers with knowledge, character, and discipline. Faculty applications are invited from candidates who can contribute to this mission by interacting with cadets, both in and out of the classroom, as instructors and mentors. Applications are invited from candidates with strong interests in teaching, developing undergraduate courses, and using computers and advanced technology to enhance education.

The Academy faculty is an integrated group of military and civilian educators. Essential qualities expected of every faculty member include the personal attributes of integrity, industry, cooperation, initiative, and breadth of intellectual interests. The ability to accommodate a service academy environment is essential.


Military Faculty

If you're interested in joining the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, we hire officers with advanced degrees directly, and can also sponsor officers for advanced degrees with follow-on teaching assignments via our Faculty Pipeline (FP).

Please note, it's VERY IMPORTANT to notify the DFEC personnel officer (contact info below) if you're interested in either a Direct Hire or the Faculty Pipeline program. That should be your first step.

Direct Hire Opportunities

If you already have a PhD or MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering, you are eligible to apply for an instructor position as a direct hire. In order to be considered, you need to:
  • Update your Airman Development Plan (ADP)
  • Notify the DFEC personnel officer (contact info below)
  • And most importantly, notify AFPC via Statement of Intent (SOI). The SOI will be available on AFPC's website annually around July/August. Report dates are in June, and the typical application timeline starts the prior summer:
    • Jul/Aug: AFPC solicits instructors via broad announcement
    • 30 Sep: Applications/SOIs due to AFPC
    • Jan: Applicants notified of their selection for PCS that summer

Faculty Pipeline

If you'd like to be sponsored for a PhD or MS degree, with a follow-on teaching assignment, you can apply for our Faculty Pipeline (FP). In order to be considered for this program, you need to:
  • Update your Airman Development Plan (ADP)
  • Notify the DFEC personnel officer (contact info below)
  • Apply for the program through AFPC. Annually, around March/April, AFPC will solicit applicants for AAD/SPEED programs via broad announcement. Report dates for school are in the fall, and the typical application timeline starts the prior summer:
    • Mar/Apr: AFPC solicits applicants for AAD/SPEED programs via broad announcement
    • 31 Mar: Documents due to AFIT for AFIT eligibility evaluation (AFIT main campus programs only)
    • 30 Apr: AF IMT 3849s due to AFPC
    • 31 Oct: Applicants notified of their selection for PCS (if required) the following summer/fall
Note that our FP positions are very competitive!

Direct Hire / Faculty Pipeline Instructor Package

In order to select the most qualified candidate, we'll ask you to put together an instructor package. This is only required if/when AFPC releases you for an assignment at USAFA, however you can submit any information you have anytime you like. An instructor package includes the following:
  • Letter of intent (personal letter to Department Head indicating why you want to join DFEC, what you like to teach, how this fits with your long term goals, etc.)
  • Military resume and/or job history
  • BS and MS transcripts (do not need to be official transcripts)
  • GRE scores if available
  • Copies of last 5 OPRs
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (limit to 3)
  • Full length official photo
E-mail or send this information to the DFEC personnel officer, contact info below.

Civilian Faculty

Civilian positions are not frequently available, but we are always interested in keeping a pool of interested candidates in the case we have an unexpected opening. In order to be competitive, civilian applicants should have excellent speaking and interpersonal skills, as well as an exemplary academic record. All openings will be advertised on www.usajobs.gov, and may also be posted in professional journals such as IEEE Spectrum.

Contact Information
Please direct all inquiries to the DFEC personnel officer:
COMM: (719) 333-4212
Fax: (719) 333-3756
DSN Prefix is 333
jesse.somann@usafa.edu

Address:
DFEC -- Personnel Officer
USAF Academy
2354 Fairchild Dr., Ste 2F6
USAF Academy Co. 80840-6236
U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 23 Oct 14
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