William Daniel Ferree, Ph.D.

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William D. Ferree received his Ph.D. in Humanities from Salve Regina University and has been on the faculty of the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, since 1998. Professor Ferree is a retired U.S. Navy Commander with a specialty in Surface Warfare and a proven subspecialty in Manpower, Personnel and Training Analysis. He completed a M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has performed extensive research in U.S. Navy manpower modeling issues especially those relating to technology and human factors. Dr. Ferree is nationally acknowledged for his distance education expertise.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Surface Warfare

Professional Highlights


Manager, Web-Enabled Programs

Appointed Web Board Member of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (since 2010)

Manager, Web-Enabled Programs

Recognized as superb instructor. Noted as having "Outstanding Performance" in student rated categories of "Overall Effectiveness of Instruction" and "Instructor Mastery."

Manager, Web-Enabled Programs

Appointed as "Full Professor" based upon contributions "to the mission of the college including classroom teaching, distance learning expertise and administrative accomplishments."
Appointed Conference Planning Committee UWisconsin “Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning”

Manager, Web-Enabled Programs

Published in IRRODL, “Perceptions of Social Loafing in Online Learning Groups”

Manager, Web-Enabled Programs

Presented “Preparing Award Winning Courses” presented August 2005, 21st Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI

Web-Enabled Program Manager

Earned Ph.D. in Humanities at Salve Regina University

Web-Enabled Program Manager

Developed a Web-Enabled Course that won international acclaim in 2002. "The Crystal Award" for "most innovative and outstanding multimedia-based instruction" from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

Manager Web-Enabled Programs

Started Web-Enabled Progams

Hired Professor NSDM College of Distance Education

Joined US Naval War College


Ph.D., Salve Regina University, 2003, Humanities

M.A., Naval War College, 1987, National Security and Strategic Studies, “President’s Award” as Top Graduate

M.S., Naval Postgraduate School, 1981, Management, Manpower, Personnel and Training Analysis concentration

A.B., Grove City College, 1970, Speech and Theatre Arts

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News, Media, & Events


U.S. Naval War College Graduation: June 2019

Jun. 14, 2019
10:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Dominate the Information Domain: Synchronize Strategy and Cyber Efforts

Oct. 15, 2018
Cyber Dominance: Controlling Your Fate in Cyberspace
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