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Dean of Academics

Dean of Academics

Dr. Christopher Hemmer, Dean of the Air War College
Christopher Hemmer is a Professor of International Security Studies and the Dean of the Air War College. Before joining the War College he taught at Cornell University and Colgate University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the Department of Government at Cornell University with a specialty in international relations. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Albany, where he majored in political science and minored in psychology. His principal teaching and research interests are American foreign policy, political psychology, and Middle East politics. He is the author of Which Lessons Matter? American Foreign Policy Decision Making in the Middle East, 1979-1987 (State University of New York Press, 2000) and his most recent book is entitled American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015).

Colonel J. David Bottomlee, USAF, Associate Dean
Advising Interests: Leadership, Moral Courage, the Profession of Arms, Ethics, Moral Injury, Toxic Leadership, Organizational Culture and Change, Combat Airpower, Core Values, Strategic/Critical/Creative Thinking, Advice and Dissent, Negotiations 
Research Interests: Leadership, Moral Courage, Character Development
Degrees: PhD in Political Science focused in Public Administration & Leadership from Auburn University; MA in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College; MA in Counseling and Leadership Development from the University of Colorado; MA in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University; BA in Political Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  
Experience: Director of Air Operations NATO headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan; Commander of the 3rd Fighter Training Squadron; Command pilot with more that 2500 flight hours in the F-16 and AT-38 including 250 combat hours on multiple combat deployments specializing in the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) mission; Air Officer Commanding at the US Air Force Academy.
Email: james.bottomlee@au.af.edu / james.bottomlee@us.af.mil

Dr. Elizabeth D. Woodworth, Director of Research and Electives, Center for Writing Excellence
Dr. Elizabeth D. Woodworth is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communication in the at the Air War College. She is the Director of Research and Electives and the Center for Writing Excellence. She was a visiting professor and project director for the Center for Writing Excellence for many years, co-developing the center in 2011. She teaches workshops for individuals and seminars on academic writing and strategic communication. Prior to her appointment at the AWC, she was an Honors Associate Professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery and held a post-doctoral lectureship in writing at Texas Christian University. She earned her PhD in English at Texas Christian University with specialties in rhetoric and British literature; her MA in English Composition is from California State University at San Bernardino; her BA in English is from Boise State University. Dr. Woodworth has published scholarship in Victorian Poetry, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, The JUMP (and was an editorial board member from 2008-2017), Browning Society Notes, The Journal of Basic Writing, The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, The Ben Jonson Journal with a forthcoming essay in Studies in Browning and His Circle. She’s also published three creative nonfiction essays in the National Honors Collegiate Institute book, Memories and Monuments: Ground Zero and Lower Manhattan. One of her creative nonfiction texts appears as a chapter in the Parlor Press book: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses. Recently, she co-authored a chapter in the book, Transforming Organizations: Narrative and Story-Based Approaches. Her specialties include: strategic communication, digital rhetoric, storytelling, higher education, creative thinking, creative nonfiction, literary studies, Victorian poetry, and the 19th c. British novel.