Welcome to the United States Military Academy
USMA Mission Toeducate, train, and inspirethe Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is acommissionedleader of charactercommitted to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.
Academic Vision West Point educates and inspires adaptive leaders of character • to build • the Army and the Nation’s future.
Academic Program 3 English 4 History 2 Leadership 1 Philosophy/Ethics 2-4 Foreign Language* 3 Social Sciences 1 Law 4 Math 2 Chemistry 1 Physical Geography 2 Information Technology 2 Physics 3 Engineering Science/Design Army Officer - Bachelor of Science Degree Majors in Engineering Math and Science Humanities and Social Sciences (Each with 8 to 12 Electives) 8 Military Science 7 Physical Education The Core
Academic Development Physical Education Military Science Physical Education Military Science Physical Education Military Science Physical Education Military Science The Academic Curriculum for Bachelor of Science First Year Chemistry x 2 History x 2 Math x 2 Information Technology English x 2 Psychology Second Year Physics x 2 Philosophy Math x 2 Foreign Language x 2 Economics American Politics Geography Third Year Leadership International Relations English Foreign Language x 2 Information Technology Engineering x 1 Electives in major x 3-5 Fourth Year Military History x 2 Law Engineering x 2 Electives in major x 5-8
Faculty Blend of Excellence Teaching Scholarship Service Senior Military 18% Rotating Military 55% Civilian Faculty 27% Faculty Development Cadet Development
A Member of the West Point Faculty • Is a Teaching Exemplar who … • Teaches with Intellectual Excitement* • Is a Subject Matter Expert • Is Highly Organized • Communicates with Clarity and Precision • Is Engaging in the Classroom • Develops Interpersonal Rapport with Cadets • Is Interested in cadets as individuals • Is Interested in cadets’ learning • Is Receptive to students’ preferences about assignments and policies * Mastering the Techniques of Teaching, Joseph Lowman, Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (1995)
A Member of the West Point Faculty • Is a Mentor who … • Gets to Know Cadets In and Out of the Classroom • Academic and professional discussions in and out of class • Mentors through sponsorship, PME2, clubs, sports, research, academic trips, AIADs, … • Is Genuinely Interested in Cadet Life • Be an Academic Officer in Charge (AOC) • Be a Company Academic Counselor (CAC) • Be a TAC-for-a-Day • Attend sporting events, Sandhurst competition, … • Sets the right example for cadets in ALL venues • Classrooms, sports fields, social settings
A Member of the West Point Faculty • Is Service Oriented and … • Engages in Service for the Department & Academy • Course and/or program administration • Departmental additional duties • In some cases, participate in Academy governance • Engages in Service for the Army & DoD • Bring professionalism to funeral, escort, and other duties • If appropriate, apply your discipline for the Army • Looks to Engage in Service to the Discipline • Review professional papers for conferences or journals • Support professional societies
A Member of the West Point Faculty • Is a Scholar who … • Engages in Scholarly Activities • In the discipline and/or education • Relevant to the Army • Appropriate to the Academic Rank • Uses Experience Gained • To bring relevant content into courses • To be mentally agile in the classroom • Shares Scholarship with Others • By mentoring cadets in research • By publishing work and/or formally presenting it
A Member of the West Point Faculty • Is an important member of the community who • Takes time to involve self and family in the wonderful community here • Takes time to update/maintain personal readiness • Physical fitness • Dental, PHA, Immunizations, vision, hearing, etc • Personal and Family well being
My Expectations of You • Have a passion for teaching • Focus on developing leaders for our country • Model standards • Be a team player and work together • Respect the diversity each of us brings to the mission • Be committed to personal, professional and organizational excellence • Take care of yourself / Seek balance / Have fun!