The United States Air Force Academy is in many ways like any other elite university. Students pick a major, attend class, join clubs, and play sports. Faculty generally teach three or four courses per semester, and do research and service work. But as Jeff Dyche, a former teacher at the AFA, explains in the new , there are some very important differences as well, differences that most people are unaware of. Most faculty members are in the Air Force, serving at the AFA as part of a tour of duty. They generally do not have a terminal degrees, and civilian teachers don’t have tenure. Research is only allowed if it directly relates to the mission of the Air Force, and those decisions—as well as most other academic or research decisions—are made by administrators with military backgrounds, not academic ones.
Dyche spent about six years teaching at the AFA and his article about the school, “The US Air Force Academy: Elite Undergraduate College?” is a great glimpse into a unique academic environment. Read the whole article here.