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John F. Garofano, Ph.D.

John F. Garofano, Ph.D.

Academic Affairs
(401) 841-6431
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The Dean of Academic Affairs provides leadership and oversight of the Resident and College of Distance Education curricula, including the Intermediate and Senior Level Courses of instruction for all U.S. and international Resident students in the College of Command and Staff, Naval Staff College, College of Naval Warfare, Naval Command College, the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS), the Fleet Seminar Program, web-enabled and cd-rom courses, Reserve Officer Corps blended programs, and Navy Knowledge Online courses. Dean Garofano is responsible for securing accreditation for the M.A. Degree by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Committee on Institutions of Higher Education and for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phases I and II by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7 Process for the Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE). The Dean determines standards and procedures for academic integrity, learning outcomes, testing methods, faculty development opportunities, faculty performance evaluation, and the Writing Center, while resourcing the three teaching Departments, the Electives program, the College of Distance Education’s four graduate and online programs, and academic support functions.  During the past year the Dean has guided the implementation of a digitized curriculum at the College.
Dr. Garofano’s research interests include military intervention, Asian security, and the making of U.S. foreign policy. Publications include The Intervention Debate: Towards a Posture of Principled Judgment (Strategic Studies Institute: 2002), Clinton’s Foreign Policy: A Documentary Record (Kluwer: 2003), Rising Tide: Security in the Indian Ocean (co-edited with Andrea Dew: Georgetown University Press, forthcoming), and articles in International Security, Asian Survey, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Orbis and the Naval War College Review. He remains active in the study of Southeast Asia, civil-military relations in the U.S., and the ongoing wars. The Indian Ocean: Rising Tide or Coming Conflict? , co-edited with Dr. Andrea Dew, will be published by Georgetown University Press in 2012.
In 2011 Dr. Garofano deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to support the First Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in areas related to assessment and red-teaming. He has received Meritorious Civilian Service Awards from the Department of the Army and the Department of the Navy, and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Olin Institute, and numerous other research and travel grants. Currently he is Senior Fellow for Defense at the Center for National Policy.
Dr. Garofano assumed duties as Academic Dean in July 2009 after teaching in the National Security Affairs and Strategy and Policy Departments, where he lectured and developed curriculum on international relations theory, military intervention, civil-military relations, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He held the CAPT Jerome Levy Chair in Economic Geography from 2006 to 2010, introducing lecture series on economics and running several international conferences on the subject.
Prior to joining the War College Dean Garofano was a Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government.   He has taught at the U.S. Army War College, the Five Colleges of WesternMassachusetts, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Garofano received the Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Cornell University, an M.A. in Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna/ Washington), and the B.A. in History from Bates College.

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