EECS Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

EECS Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

Join Team EECS!

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is interested in active duty Lieutenants and Captains with a strong interest in teaching cadets and in graduate study in any of the Department's academic disciplines.  If selected, you will attend a top graduate school of your choice for two years to earn a Masters degree, then serve a three-year tour as a faculty member at West Point before returning to the field Army.  If you have already started a packet, click here to log in.

We request officers by name from Human Relations Command (HRC) each year after conducting our own internal selection board.  The board looks at:

  • Academics.  An excellent undergraduate record sufficient to earn acceptance at a high quality graduate school in a Masters Degree program in one of the department's disciplines.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.
  • Military record.  Outstanding demonstrated performance or potential to perform in a Key Development Assignment (Command or equivalent) at the rank of Captain.
  • Availability.  Whether selection in a given year would fit with your assignment and career development profile.
  • Other factors.  Anything in your background that indicates the desire, aptitude, and ability to make a special contribution to the development of cadets as leaders of a technologically complex and transforming Army.  These factors should be highlighted in your personal statement.

If you already have a Masters degree in one of the Department's disciplines and are a Major with good prospects for Lieutenant Colonel promotion, you may qualify for Ph.D. studies.  The selection criteria are the same as above; plus, there must be clear potential to complete a Ph.D. in three years of study.

If you are an active duty officer and already have a Masters degree or Ph.D. related to one of the department's disciplines, then you are eligible to fill one of our positions directly from a field assignment.  The selection criteria are as above, except that we will evaluate your graduate rather than undergraduate record.

In any case, our best advice is to START EARLY. To initiate your application and begin the process of joining out team, use the link for TEACH (https://teach.westpoint.edu/). If you have already started a packet, click here to log in.

We understand that finding the very best professionals to fill our faculty positions is the most important thing we do.

Our commitment to diversity: The Army is an incredibly diverse organization in gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, education, and many other areas.  Army missions daily engage hundreds of nationalities and cultures around the globe.  For these reasons, we search out faculty and staff members who are best qualified to sustain an organization that develops cadets to lead in this Army environment, where understanding and valuing all kinds of diversity are mission essential.

What would I be teaching?

The Department continually seeks talented faculty who are experts in the disciplines that comprise our majors and minor – computer science, cyber science, electrical engineering, cyber security, robotics – and are committed to enhancing the education and development of cadets.

What are some opportunities to advance in my career?

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science'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

Current Selection Results

Faculty selectees will be normally be notified in February of the year of their selection.  Selectees must provide a decision of acceptance shortly thereafter. Selectees will begin school starting fall of the following year.  Packets for the next selection board are due in November.  Packets will be reviewed in December and feedback provided before being presented to the board.

Next selection process

The selection board for officers starting school in Fall of any academic year will be conducted in January of the year prior.  Files to appear before the board should be complete NLT November of the year prior to the selection board.

Selection Board

The selection board for officers starting school in Fall of any academic year will be conducted in January of the year prior.  Files to appear before the board should be complete NLT November of the year prior to the selection board.

Faculty selectees will be normally be notified in February of the year of their selection.  Selectees must provide a decision of acceptance shortly thereafter. Selectees will begin school starting fall of the following year.  Packets for the next selection board are due in November.  Packets will be reviewed in December and feedback provided before being presented to the board.

Questions

Initial questions should be directed to eecsfacultyrecruiting@westpoint.edu.

To be considered for school to earn a Masters degree, you must be on a path to complete branch qualification as a Captain prior to school.  Normally this means excellent performance in a Captain's Key Developmental assignment (command or equivalent).  If you're seeking a Ph.D., you must be very competitive for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.  Normally this means outstanding performance in your Major's key-developmental (KD) assignments.

Exact duties vary a great deal, but the following is typical.  From arrival in July until school starts in August, you'll engage our Faculty Development Workshop (FDW), where you'll learn the basics of teaching at the college level.  The first year is often spent teaching in the Core Program.  Afterward, you're likely to spend the second summer supporting cadet military training as a trainer or staffer.  In the second academic year, you may begin teaching courses in one of the majors - Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Cyber Science.  In other cases you may remain with the Core Program.  The last summer is often spent on scholarly research or on projects directly supporting the field Army.  These are coordinated by the officer through one of our Research Centers: Cyber, Robotics, or Photonics.  By the final year, many military faculty have earned promotion to Assistant Professor based on demonstrated proficiency in teaching, scholarship, service, and faculty and cadet development.  Assistant professors often serve as Course Directors responsible for all aspects of one or more courses, including leadership of other instructors.

The EECS Department has the following coded positions:

  • 01 (Branch immaterial).
  • 17 (Cyber Warfare Branch).
  • 26A (Telecommunication Systems Engineering).
  • 26B (Information Systems Management).
  • 40 (Space Operations).
  • 47 (Academy Professor).
  • 51 (Army Acquisition Corps).

Assignments at EECS are key-developmental (KD) positions for Majors in FA26 (26A & 26B) and FA40.

Absolutely not!  We are constantly on the lookout for qualified officers from all commissioning sources.

We want you to seek admission at the highest quality school where you can succeed.  For the most part, you will select courses and schools based on your academic interest, but you may receive some guidance on courses to take based on teaching needs.  If you require guidance, immediately contact the EECS Faculty Recruiting Officer to be placed in contact with the appropriate Program Director.

Yes!  We're always happy to see potential faculty members.  Contact the Faculty Recruiting Officer to arrange for office calls.

The guidance changes from year-to-year. We want you to apply for the best possible schools without regard to cost. Our intent is that cost should be a tie-breaker, not a determining factor. As a safety measure, you are required to seek acceptance in at least one low-cost school.

Letters of acceptance must state the following:

  • Name of officer being accepted.
  • Statement stating acceptance to the school.
  • Tuition cost (resident or non-resident) – must say resident status for universities that grant resident tuition to military students.
  • Degree to be obtained (MA, MS, Ph.D., JD, LLM, etc.).
  • Department and discipline to which admitted.
  • Registration and class start dates.
  • Inclusive dates of the officer’s program of study (imperative that they be accurate).
  • Expected graduation date.
  • Length of academic program (i.e. 33 semester hours or 18 months or 3 semesters).
  • Required prerequisites (if any) and if they can be taken concurrently with the program or must be taken prior to official acceptance into the graduate program.
  • Tuition reduction agreement (if any).
  • Point of contact at the institution.

It is usually a good idea to make sure that the school is aware of this requirement since most do not usually have all of this information in their acceptance letters.  Another method is to write the letter yourself and ask school admissions officer to endorse it.

Not necessarily.  Make sure you address the fees for summer term with the university.  You are required to maintain full-time status during the summer, so summer term fees need to be included in your acceptance letter.

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The mission of the Department is to educate and inspire the Corps of Cadets to be leaders of character and lifelong learners who think critically, innovate, and apply computing and engineering expertise as Army Officers and to support the Army’s strategic objectives as its Cyber Think Tank. 

EECS's vision is to be the Army’s preeminent source of computer science, cyber science, and electrical engineering education and its premier source of intellectual capital to address the Army’s complex cyber problems; sustaining a culture where cadets, faculty, and staff are inspired to achieve their full potential; recognized for innovating and leading in their disciplines for the Academy, the Army, and the Nation.

Other Opportunities

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.