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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Instruction Opportunities for Contractors: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California has occasional need for contractors to teach selected courses.

Since the instruction needed depends on the desires and availability of funding for the originally scheduled instructors, the needs for this instruction becomes available only one quarter prior to the needed instruction.

The qualifications for the contractors includes an advanced degree at least at the Master's level in Electrical and Computer Engineering (or Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering), knowledge of the theory and subject matter of the course, experience in conducting and instructing laboratory sessions (for those course with labs), and ability to tutor and counsel adult learners. Successful teaching experience in higher education is highly desirable. Candidates should have good writing, oral, interpersonal and organizational communications skills. U.S. citizenship and eligibility for a security clearance are required for some courses.

Although most of our courses are for resident students at the NPS campus, candidates might be expected to teach both on-campus classes and distance learning classes delivered by VTE or via the Web.

The NPS Mission: The mission of the Naval Postgraduate School is to “increase the combat effectiveness of U.S. and Allied armed forces and enhance the security of the U.S.A. through advanced education and research programs focused on the technical, analytical and managerial tools needed to confront defense related challenges of the future”. Consistent with this mission the ECE Department seeks to provide students with the highest quality and most defense relevant education available in electrical and computer engineering.

Institution and Setting: The Naval Postgraduate School (, established in 1909, is the Navy's Corporate University and offers graduate programs at all levels for officers of the United States Armed Services, civilian employees of defense laboratories and officers and civilians from Allied nations. The NPS has approximately 1500 resident students enrolled in graduate degree programs, as well as non-resident students served by a distance learning program. The ECE Department has 32 tenure track and non-tenure track civilian and military faculty members who spend about half-time teaching and half-time performing sponsored research.

The park-like 144-acre NPS campus is located on the Monterey Peninsula, adjacent to the waters of Monterey Bay and only minutes from the Monterey Peninsula Airport. The area offers a pristine environment of unparalleled scenic beauty, parks, restaurants, art galleries and cultural events. Other local research and educational institutions include the California State University at Monterey Bay, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Defense Language Institute, Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, the Naval Research Laboratory (West) and Monterey Peninsula College.

Contract terms: Contract Instructors remain as independent contractors. They are not NPS or government employees and receive no benefits from NPS. Contracts are awarded for the delivery of a course, including preparation of class materials, delivery of class lectures, delivery of laboratory or problem sessions, advising and counseling students on course material, preparation and delivery of examination material, and grading of the course. Any travel expenses must be included in the quotation; they will not be separately reimbursed.

Application Procedure: To be considered for a contract award, applicants must submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for this position, a comprehensive curriculum vitae or resume and contact and e-mail address information for a minimum of three references. (The application material must clearly state the applicant's citizenship.) Applications should be submitted electronically or in hardcopy to:

Prof. Jeffrey B. Knorr, Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943-5121
(831) 656-2081

Submitted resumes will be kept on file and review of applications will begin when the need is identified. If selected to teach a course, applicants will be contacted and employed as subcontractors by a vendor holding a prime contract to supply NPS with contract instructors.  The Naval Postgraduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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