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Naval Historian

US Naval Academy

Applications are invited to fill the Dr. Leo A. Shifrin Chair, a distinguished visiting professorship endowed by the Viola S. Shifrin Trust in 1997, for a 10-month period over the 2018-2019 academic term. The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is a four year undergraduate institution with a mission to prepare midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically for commissioning as officers in the naval services. The institution 1) provides an accredited undergraduate education and officer accession program for the Nation, 2) is a historic national landmark with over one million visitors per year, and 3) is a host to national and international events, many of which are open to the public and attended by the highest representatives of Government.

In pursuit of academic excellence, the Naval Academy fosters an educational environment that supports and encourages midshipman learning and critical thinking through innovative teaching methods that address a variety of learning styles. We seek outstanding civilian and military faculty and staff from all segments of society, and provide them with the necessary support resources to enable midshipmen to achieve academic success. Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment that instills a passion for lifelong learning and imbues our midshipmen with the intellectual curiosity and analytical rigor needed to be in the forefront of technological advances and global understanding in a rapidly changing and diverse world.

Holders of the Shifrin Chair are distinguished naval and military historians of any branch or time period who teach and pursue research while in residence in the History Department of the Naval Academy. Duties include teaching two sections of any naval- or military-themed course each semester and one presentation of the candidate’s ongoing research for the department. The chair-holder is expected to be active in the department.

This will be a 10-month appointment during the initial one year contract period. Renewal of this appointment will be contingent on the needs and emerging plans of the Naval Academy. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.



  • M.A. in History or related field.
  • Applicants must have a significant record of scholarship in one or more areas of military history and experience as an instructor at the college level.
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in History or related field is preferred.


All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Faculty-Information/Background-Investigation-Info.php .


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