The in-residence program at AWC offers master's degrees and senior-level Professional Military Education (PME) to U.S. military officers, civilian government officials, and to military officers from more than 40 nations. The AWC employs a diverse faculty of national security studies experts engaged in rigorous teaching loads and academic research related to critical issues in contemporary security debates.
The Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs exercises primary and secondary levels of supervisory and personnel-management responsibilities. The Dean supervises, advises, and provides counsel to department chairs, subordinate deans and other employees regarding policies, procedures, and directives of management. The Dean selects or recommends selection of candidates for vacancies, promotions, details, and reassignments in consideration of skills and qualifications, mission requirements, and EEO and diversity objectives. The Dean develops, modifies, and/or interprets performance standards while also explaining performance expectations to employees and providing regular feedback on strengths and weaknesses. The Dean recommends awards when appropriate and approves within-grade increases and or step increases. The Dean is expected to resolve employee complaints and refer serious unresolved complaints to higher-level management as well as initiating actions to correct performance or conduct problems and preparing documentation to support actions taken. The Dean approves master leave schedule assuring adequate coverage for peak workloads and traditional holiday vacation time. The Dean discharges security responsibilities by ensuring education and compliance with security directives for employees with access to classified or sensitive material. The Dean should recognize and take action to correct situations posing a threat to the health or safety of subordinates while applying EEO principles and requirements to all personnel management actions and decisions, and ensuring all personnel are treated in a manner free of discrimination.
The Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs also directs the development, execution, and sustainment of the AWC's Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) academic program. As such, the Dean interprets and executes guidance from higher headquarters, Joint Staff and the AWC Commandant in shaping the curriculum with the responsibility of approving all core and elective courses as well as special program elements of the curriculum. The Dean ensures appropriate level of curriculum integration, development of evaluation instruments, and the development of appropriate learning methodologies. The Dean represents the AWC at the Military Education Coordination Committee Working Group and other Joint, AF and AU-level forums.
The Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs is expected to teach, lecture, and facilitate research related to AWC curriculum: leadership, warfighting, strategy, national security, areas of regional expertise, and/or global security affairs. Additionally, the Dean supervises and advises student research in course work, research projects and Professional Studies Papers. As a teacher, the Dean provides detailed feedback and other guidance to students and documentation of student progress in core and elective courses. The Dean also engages in professional outreach in areas of expertise related to AWC curriculum and actively supports faculty publication of scholarly works such as articles, monographs, and book reviews in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, professional journals, and other outlets. The Dean should participate with other PME schools, professional organizations, AF/DoD institutions, universities, and colleges for professional development. The Dean maintains academic currency by delivering lectures, conducting seminars, participating in panel discussions related to AWC curriculum and in area of expertise at various institutions such as other professional military education schools, civilian institutions, and other learned societies.