DSE Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

DSE Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Department of Systems Engineering!

Our department is internationally respected as the Army's Systems Engineering Department. We are home to world-class military and civilian scholars and offer three undergraduate majors to our Cadets – Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and Systems and Decision Sciences. Department faculty are expected to teach a wide range of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management courses, serve as advisors to cadet capstone projects, and conduct research with cadets.

We are seeking officers from all commissioning sources and branches who are passionate in helping the Systems Team to educate, inspire, and develop the future of our Army.  These West Point Instructor Assignments include the opportunity to earn a Master's Degree or PhD from a premiere U.S. graduate school, fully-funded through the ACS Program.

What would I be teaching?

The Department continually seeks talented faculty who are experts in the disciplines that comprise our majors and minors – engineering management, systems and decision sciences, systems engineering – and are committed to enhancing the education and development of cadets.

What are some opportunities to advance in my career?

The Department of Systems Engineering's Research Centers offer a robust selection of research, scholarship, collaboration, and professional development opportunities to help our faculty remain at the forefront of their disciplines.

Application packets are due by 1 November

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Rotating military faculty consists of of active-duty captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels. An assignment to West Point as a rotating faculty member requires officers to submit an application through the CAC-enabled TEACH system

Department-Specific Questions and Requirements

As an example, timelines for those selected in the year 2023 Board:

Master’s ACS Program:

  • Fall 2023 = Submit Application
  • Winter 2023-2024 = Selections Announced
  • Fall 2024 = Apply to graduate programs
  • Fall 2025 = Begin Master’s Program
  • Summer 2027 = Graduate Master’s Program | PCS to USMA
  • Summer 2030 = Complete USMA Tour

PhD ACS Program:

  • Fall 2023 = Submit Application
  • Winter 2023-2024 = Selections Announced
  • Fall 2024 = Apply to doctorate programs
  • Fall 2025 = Begin PhD Program
  • Summer 2028 = Graduate PhD Program | PCS to USMA
  • Summer 2031 = Complete USMA Tour

Important Notes:

  1. When selecting which Board you wish to compete in, select the Calendar Year of the Board. –  Example: This year’s board is 2023.  –  Do not choose the Fiscal Year.
  2. When describing your Career Timeline to the Board, include when you arrived at your current duty station, when you started your current position, when you are slated to start your next position (if known), and when you are slated to PCS next.
  3. If you applied for a previous board and wish to compete again, please update your existing TEACH Application and contact the Department S1 Team directly.
  4. Please bookmark this page and check it periodically for updates.

The Department of Systems Engineering searches for officers with a diverse background. To accomplish this, we use the Army's electronic Total Officer Personnel Management Information System to develop a candidate database.  We provide three criterions for the search.  We are looking for specific year groups, degree completion type (M.S. or MBA for PhDs), and degree codes. The degree codes include classical engineering degrees, systems engineering, operations research, industrial engineering, decision sciences, math, economics, and business management. Yes, we are interested in business management backgrounds! 

To be approved for Advanced Civil Schooling and a subsequent USMA faculty assignment, you must be branch-qualified as a Captain.  We look for officers with undergraduate degrees in systems engineering, engineering management, operations research, mathematics, traditional engineering (civil, mechanical, environmental, etc.), computer science, management, economics or a closely related field.  Our diverse background as a faculty is the strength of our Department as we teach cadets the full spectrum from classical engineering to business management. Our selection criteria include undergraduate academic performance (based on your transcript), military performance (based on letters of recommendation, OER’s, etc.), and professional experience. 

We typically receive more than sixty applicants for the Master’s program. Only 50% of the applicants fully complete their packets to be competitive for positions. The number of available positions varies from year to year, but we average four rotating Master’s positions each year. We typically receive 30 PhD packets each year. About 75% of the PhD applicants fully complete their packets. We average one to two rotating PhD positions per year.  

If you are interested in joining our Department, then we are interested in you!  We are looking for successful officers with strong military and academic backgrounds.  Remember that we do not have all of your personal information. The personnel officer does not know your grades or the type of classes that you have taken.  The eTopmis screening is not very selective since it filters out candidates by programs of interest and not quality of completion.  Therefore, the Advanced Civilian Schooling division at HRC provides some screening criteria.

  • Not more than a total of 17 years Active Federal Service (AFS) upon entry into the ACS Program.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • The Chief, Advanced Education Programs Branch, may grant waivers on a case-by-case basis for GPA.
  • Meet most of the pre-requisites for graduate school.  Some pre-requisites can be taken during the summer or in conjunction with the first semester of classes.
  • Demonstrated potential for future military service. Officer must not be a risk for promotion to the next higher grade.
  • Possess a SECRET Clearance.

All applicants should post their last five (5) OERs and/or AERs.  The selection committee is extremely interested in the progression and performance at different stages of your career. 

The Essay Questions and CV/Resume give you an opportunity to provide additional detail about yourself that is not readily apparent in your OERs and ORB. – Personal Interests, Motivations, Professional/Personal Experience, and academic interests/achieves that would assist the Department in achieving its mission. 

When you enter your Recommender’s Name, Title, Position, and email, the TEACH System will send an email directly to the person, asking them to complete a digital recommendation.  The email includes instructions and a personalized link to the online recommendation form.  Note:  This option only works if your recommender has a “.mil” account. 

If you have a recommender that does not have a “.mil” account, or prefers to send a traditional signed LoR, use a letter or memorandum format.  Address the LoRs to the Department Head – Colonel Julia Coxen, Professor and Head of the Department of Systems Engineering.  If you are applying to multiple departments, you can address these letters to the broader “Faculty Selection Committee.”  Scan and email the signed LoRs to the DSE S1 Team (nicholas.coronato@westpoint.edu and madison.oliver@westpoint.edu) so they can be added to your Application Packet. 

You may include in your packet as many letters of recommendation as you feel are necessary.  Typically, candidates include two to three letters.  The selection board encourages candidates to include letters from an instructor or mentor who knew you in school that can speak about your ability to teach at USMA, a current superior who can speak to your performance and someone who can discuss how teaching at USMA will provide a steppingstone for future endeavors.  The LORs should complement the rest of your application, highlighting your abilities as an officer and leader, your critical thinking/intellectual abilities, and any experiences/aspects that make you a uniquely qualified officer to serve in our Department. 

If you already have a resident Master’s Degree or PhD, it’s possible to apply for an additional Master’s or PhD depending on how you received funding for your previous degrees.  If you self-funded your graduate degree, then it’s possible for you to be selected for an ACS-funded Master’s or PhD Program.  However, if the ACS program funded your current M.S. or PhD, it is very unlikely that they will fund an additional Master’s Degree.  However, ACS is able to fund a PhD degree, even if they already funded an M.S. degree. 

You can also submit an application to be considered for any Direct Hire positions.  Personnel management is a dynamic process, which requires direct hire officers from time to time. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict when we will have an opening for a Direct Hire.  We are averaging one direct hire position per year. 

When we do have a Direct Hire position to fill, we select from our pool of Direct Hire Applicants.  This Direct Hire Selection is a separate process from the ACS Selection Process, so it is important to keep your Application Packet, particularly your Timeline, up to date. 

Candidates will be considered for either the PhD or Master’s programs, but not both.  

Yes! It is very important that our faculty include officers from all commissioning sources.  

We send officers to a Master’s Degree program in their 6th, 7th, or 8th year of service. Due to pressures caused by Human Resource Command policies, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to get approval for 8th-year school starts.  Thus, being available to start school in the 6th or 7th year is strongly preferred.  We select officers for a Doctorate Program to coincide with completion of their MEL 4 requirements.  This typically includes officers in their tenth year of service through their fifteenth year of service.  The last year group would complete their last year of ADSO in their 27th year of service or mandatory retirement date for LTC.   

All our Master’s candidates attend graduate school for two years, fully funded by the Army. You may attend the school of your choice, subject to two constraints. First, we ask that you attend a highly rated school. Second, we ask that you apply to three different graduate schools, two of which must be in the Army’s "low cost" category.  

The good news is that many of the finest engineering graduate programs in the U.S. are low-cost.  Faculty attend programs across the country that include but are not limited to Systems Engineering, Engineering Management, Decision Analysis, Systems Design and Management, Operational Research, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, and Management Science and Engineering. 

Candidates can also apply to MBA Programs that include a concentration in Data Science, Decision Science, Operations Management, or a similar analytical concentration. 

No. Our officers are promoted to Major at a significantly higher rate than the Army as a whole.  Many of our faculty alumni are current General Officers.  True, a USMA faculty assignment entails five years away from troops.  Therefore, serving at the Academy is probably not as career enhancing as, say, a second company command.  However, compared with the types of assignments you are most likely to have during this period of your career, a USMA assignment is an excellent broadening assignment at the field grade level. More importantly, the intellectual abilities that you develop, both in graduate school and as a teacher in a worldclass engineering program, will serve you very well as an adaptable leader in our technology-rich Army. 

(Updated July 2023)

Yes, include your GRE scores! Although the latest ACS regulations do not require a current GRE score if your graduate education program does not require it, we encourage you to take the exam until you are satisfied with your score. Higher scores may increase your competitiveness as you apply to a wide variety of graduate programs. Additionally, uploading your GRE score to TEACH could serve to strengthen your application to serve on our faculty. The selection committee values your overall performance in your undergraduate and master’s program and use the GRE as an additional indicator of your potential.   

The selection committee looks for officers that excel in their military career and continue their education and your master's degree program reinforces your commitment to excel.  However, we still require officers to complete a resident program to qualify as an instructor in the Department of Systems Engineering.  

Candidates are responsible for compiling and uploading their completed packets to the TEACH system – https://teach.westpoint.edu/teach/login.  You must complete all required fields and upload the necessary documents.

The TEACH systems requires the following inputs: (1) Information and documents required by all West Point departments and organizations (“Common”) and (2) DSE-specific information and documents.

  1. West Point (“Common”) TEACH Application Materials
    1. Basic Biographical Data
    2. Contact Information
    3. Assignment History
    4. Desired Department and Application Type
    5. Timeline Considerations
    6. CFD Intentions (if applicable)
    7. Career Satisfaction Program Information (if applicable)
    8. Degrees Completed and Transcripts
    9. GRE/GMAT Score Scores and Report
    10. Publications (if applicable)
    11. Officer Evaluation Reports (OERs)
    12. Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
    13. Officer Record Brief (ORB)
    14. Special Considerations (MACP, EFMP, etc.)
  2. DSE-specific TEACH Application Materials
    1. CV or Resume (optional)
    2. APFT Scores (optional)
    3. Desired Board Year

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that documents are uploaded and legible. If you have questions or issues, please contact the S1 team. 

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department S1 Team.

MAJ Madison Oliver, Madison.oliver@westpoint.edu, 845-938-5206

MAJ Nick Coronato, Nicholas.Coronato@westpoint.edu, 845-938-2510

Learn more about DSE

The West Point Department of Systems Engineering educates, develops, and inspires leaders of character who identify, formulate, and solve complex, engineering, and socio-technical problems for the Army and Nation. The Department uses an interdisciplinary, integrative approach, that applies systems thinking, engineering design, data analysis, mathematical modeling, simulation, decision science, and project management.

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It takes a team to ensure the U.S. Military Academy at West Point can fulfill its mission to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets.  There are roles for military and civilian faculty to teach cadets and for those both in and out of uniform to ensure the systems and processes required to operate a military installation and college campus are in place and running efficiently.