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United States Military Academy (Faculty and Staff)

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The mission of the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train and inspire our cadets to become our Army’s future officers – leaders of character committed both to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and to professional excellence and service to the nation. West Point is comprised of a committed faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences who are uniquely able to motivate and develop its cadets. There are approximately 600 faculty members consisting of approximately 75 percent military and 25 percent civilian personnel across 13 academic departments.

Nearly 18 percent of the USMA faculty is senior military officers, seasoned military professionals providing effective leadership for the academic program. These stabilized military faculty members contribute to the formulation of West Point’s curriculum, methods of instruction and academic standards required for graduation. In addition, they mentor faculty development, professionalism and academic accomplishment.

Rotating faculty makes up over half of the West Point faculty and consists of active duty officers. By virtue of their recent company-grade leadership experience in the Army, the rotating military faculty serves as role models for cadets. At the end of their two- to three-year tours, they return to continue their careers in their military specialties.

The civilian faculty brings additional diverse perspectives, provide specialized knowledge of their disciplines, enrich the curriculum and expand instructional methodology. Civilian faculty also play crucial roles in military academy governance, as bridges between departments, and as public ambassadors of the academy in scholarly forums.

West Point faculty continue to earn the highest levels of awards and achievements. During the summer of 2008 their efforts helped West Point earn plaudits from the likes of U.S News & World Report, USA Today and Forbes who all recognized West Point’s outstanding academics.