Dept of Physics Faculty

Department of Physics

Joining the Faculty

About the Job

The primary focus of each faculty member is on teaching, both in the core (courses taken by all USAF Academy cadets) and in the advanced division (courses taken primarily by physics majors). By exploring other pages in our web site, you can also see we perform research in the areas of lasers and optics, upper atmosphere/space physics, astronomy, and physics education. Finally, military pilots are expected to support Academy flying activities.


The Department of Physics has both military and civilian faculty members.

Military faculty members possess an MS/MA or PhD in physics or a closely related field (e.g., electrical engineering or meteorology/atmospheric science--see course listings ). Officers joining the faculty typically have between 3 and 10 years commissioned service with demonstrated outstanding leadership and communications skills as well as a strong academic record.

Civilian faculty members generally possess a PhD and have demonstrated exceptional teaching and outstanding scholarship. Other requirements vary for specific openings.


The department generally sponsors one officer each year to obtain an MS in physics. These sponsorships are targeted toward rated personnel or others who cannot otherwise obtain a Master's degree because of deployments/TDY or assignment location. Officers are typically given 18-24 months to complete their degree program.


Military members may submit applications on a continuing basis. A file established as long as 4 years before an anticipated PCS is not uncommon.

Civilian applications are only accepted to fill specific openings. We have both government civilian professors and visiting professors. Each year the department typically hosts one visiting professor, and we are always interested in hearing from prospective visitors.

Application Procedures


Send a military resume. In addition, include copies of your last 5 OPRs and any inclusive training reports from the same period, all your academic transcripts, a Records Review RIP, your Flight Record and last 2 years' AF Form 8 (rated officers only), and letters of recommendation. If you require an MS sponsorship, also include an AF Form 3849 (formerly AF Form 90) signed by your senior rater recommending you for a school assignment. Note that letters of recommendation are optional; however, letters of recommendation from immediate superiors who can attest to your qualifications (officership or academic), especially from former USAFA faculty members, can be helpful. Send your completed package to:

Attn: Personnel Officer
2354 Fairchild Dr, Suite 2A31
USAF Academy, CO 80840-6254


Civilian professor positions are typically advertised at Candidates interested in the Visiting Professor program should contact us directly.


If you have any questions (or feel the need to speak to a real person) feel free to give us a call at the number above. Or you can e-mail us and we can get back to you.

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