The faculty members and speakers for this program are pulled from universities across the University of North Carolina system, Duke University, the private sector, and the U.S. Military and Government.
The two core National Security instructors, Professor David Schanzer and Professor Tim Nichols, are esteemed professors in the academic realm of National Security. Schanzer and Nichols have been a part of the UNC-IDB SSFP since its inception in 2012 and they build the core national security curriculum. Their national security sessions are heavily discussion-based and interactive with theoretical application exercises.
The Lead Team Project Advisor, Dr. Hugh O'Neill, administers and oversees the Fellows' course-long team projects. O’Neill provides the strategic tools and lessons the Fellows use to shape their approach to their team projects.
Outside of the core faculty, the IDB utilizes its vast academic network and partnerships to identify the appropriate faculty members to complement the SSFP course themes. The faculty draw upon their academic and professional career experiences during their sessions. The exposure and insight presented to the Fellows from academic and professional leaders that have written the National Security Strategy to chairing innovation projects in Silicon Valley to serving as a U.S. Ambassador in the Middle East on how to think strategically and operate in a senior-level environment all within a four-week program is a one-of-a-kind experience.
David H. Schanzer
|Timothy W. Nichols
Adjunct Professor, Duke University
Professor Nichols served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations and counterterrorism fields. His research Interests include homeland security, counterterrorism, national security, and military campaign design.