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Teaching at West Point: An Introduction
As a West Point instructor, whether military officer or civilian, you will play a vital role in your country’s future. The United States Military Academy is charged with educating, training, and inspiring young Americans to provide the nation with leaders of character who serve the common defense. The mission of the Academy is:
- to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country; professional growth throughout a career as an officer in the United States Army; and a lifetime of selfless service to the Nation.
West Point provides graduates with a solid foundation for the intellectual growth that is essential for successfully handling high-level responsibilities in national service. As a member of the faculty, you will play an essential role in the accomplishment of that mission.
In coming to the Academy, you will find colleagues who will assist you in becoming familiar with your responsibilities and will provide a supportive climate that encourages and inspires quality instruction. Because so many new instructors arrive annually, the Academy provides extensive faculty development programs in academic departments throughout the summer.
However, there is general information about West Point and is common across departments, and that is the basis of the information provided on this website. It's designed to be a quick and easy introduction to teaching at USMA.