|Department of English & Fine Arts Personnel|
Becoming a Military Instructor in the Department of English and Fine Arts (DFENG)
Active duty military members are a vital part of our faculty. There are several pathways to becoming a military instructor in the department; all are rewarding experiences that help shape the lives of future leaders of character.
If you already have a master's degree in English, English Literature, or Rhetoric and Composition from an accredited institution you may be eligible for direct hire. If you don’t, you can compete for an AFIT-sponsored graduate degree. Unfortunately, online graduate degrees are not considered suitable qualifications for direct hire.
If you have a Bachelor’s Degree in English and are interested in teaching at USAFA, AFIT funds a sponsorship program that allows you to spend 15-18 months at a civilian institution (max cap = $19K annual tuition) earning your master’s degree in either English Literature or Rhetoric and Compositon. After either an intervening operational tour, or successful completion of the graduate program, you will receive an assignment to the faculty—typically a three-year tour.
You won’t find a more enriching and exciting place to work.Our faculty is research-oriented and work hard to match new faculty with mentors that support and encourage scholarly interests.
Among a host of additional duties, you can volunteer as the Dean's speechwriter, the officer-in-charge of Bluebards (cadet drama club), an assistant Air Officer Commanding (AOC) for a cadet squadron, or a primary AOC for summer cadet programs such as soaring, jump, and survival school.
All applications are ultimately driven by the dissemination of AFPC’s Advanced Academic Degree/Special Experience Exchange Duty (AAD/SPEED) message, which details the specifications to garner career-field release**. This message is typically released in the spring. If you are eligible, please respond to the AAD/SPEED application guidelines by completing an AF Fm 3849 (PME/AFIT/RFTB/Officer Worksheet).
AFPC will send you a release/conditional release/non-release message. If you’ve been released please send the DFENG Human Resources Officer a full application package, in either electronic or hard copy form.
**Constraints for rated personnel. Satisfy current USAF-rated manning policies including operational flying (gate) experience and weapon system identifier requirements
Send hard copies to:
Electronic packages are preferable. Please use the following email POC:
All packages are vetted by the Department Head and Executive Committee. Potential candidates receive an interview invitation, conducted in-person or, on rare occasions, via video teleconference. The interview consists of a 15-20 minute lecture. Interviewees are expected to field questions afterwards.
Applicants are notified of their selection by the Department Head.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the POC listed above.