Faculty Bios

Gary McCorkindale

Gary McCorkindale 
Associate Professor

Gary McCorkindale is currently an Associate Professor in the Joint Continuing and Distance Education School (JCDES) at the Joint Forces Staff College. He has served as an instructor, lesson developer, and seminar team leader for both the Joint and Combined Warfighting School and JCDES. He assisted in developing JFSC’s first online education program, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME), a forty-week hybrid course. He also developed lessons for the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) course. During his 24-year Army career, he served as an Armored Cavalry Officer with a secondary specialty as a Foreign Area Officer for Europe. His language specialty was German. He held both command and staff positions to include Cavalry Platoon Leader, Squadron Operations Officer, Cavalry Troop Commander, Liaison Officer to the German Territorial Army, Battalion Executive Officer, and Assistant Chief of Staff, G5 of Headquarters III Corps. His joint assignment was as an International Programs Manager working Security Assistance and Logistics Planning in the J4 at the United States European Command. As an International Programs Manager, he coordinated with the Department of State representatives in Washington and in American embassies on Security Assistance programs, Excess Defense Articles, and Presidential Drawdown Authority. Associate Professor McCorkindale received the John F. Williamson Recognition of Academic Excellence Award in 2010. He was recognized as Master Faculty in 2002 and works as a peer coach with new faculty on a recurring basis. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned his Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. In addition, he earned his Certificate in College Teaching from the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education. He completed the “Teaching Online” course presented by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), and taught three classes online in the AJPME course using the Blackboard Learning Management System. He also completed the Case Method Teaching Workshop and Homeland Security Planner’s Course. Special areas of expertise include foreign humanitarian assistance, security assistance management, operational art, and civil-military operations. Research interests include military leadership, military history, and civil-military relations.

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