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Air Force Academy Visiting Professor of Law

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San Francisco, CA, USA

Job Type

Part Time

About the Role

The Department of Law at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offers an undergraduate Legal Studies Program. We seek a full-time career employee from a U.S. graduate or undergraduate institution of higher education or from a government agency to fill an 11 month position as a visiting faculty member. We are particularly interested in welcoming a visiting professor who is interested in teaching the Law Department’s Law for Air Force Officers course. Law for Air Force Officers is an introductory course that each Air Force Academy cadet must complete prior to graduation. Approximately 1000 cadets are enrolled in the course each year, with a typical section size of 20 cadets. The course is primarily a survey of American law, with an emphasis on law relevant to American citizens and Air Force officers. Based on the needs of the Law Department, a visiting faculty member may have the opportunity to offer an upper-level, special topics course in his or her area of expertise. As a result, in their cover letter, applicants should describe a special topics course they would be qualified to offer. Our curricular needs vary and we welcome candidates across all areas of law.
In addition to being a full-time career employee at an academic institution or federal agency, applicants must have a J.D. degree from an accredited law school. Along with teaching cadets, visiting faculty responsibilities include developing, reviewing, and assessing the Law Department’s learning outcomes, courses, and programs.
The Air Force Academy will reimburse the home institution/agency for the visiting faculty member’s salary and the employer's contribution for basic fringe benefits such as health and life insurance, retirement, and social security. Additionally, the Academy will pay round trip travel and transportation expenses in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations. Limited relocation expenses include mileage reimbursement for personal transportation and movement of household goods/personal effects not to exceed 18,000 pounds. Housing is available on or off the Academy grounds, but is at the visiting faculty member’s expense. Teaching expectations likely involve three courses, both fall and spring semesters, teaching sections of about 20 cadets. Further information about the Law Department courses and extracurricular programs is at:


Application packages should contain a current curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a cover letter. Materials must be emailed to Professor Douglas McKechnie at and include in the subject line: “Visiting Professor Application.” Applications are due by 1700 (MST) on November 12, 2021. Application packages will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Company

The Air Force Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. The Air Force believes that diversity is essential to accomplishing its mission. The Air Force Academy highly values individuals who have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with and help develop individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. For the Air Force, diversity encompasses: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical/spiritual perspectives, age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

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