Walter Dorn has rich experience teaching military officers and civilians. For two decades, he has taught at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) in both official languages using his learner-centric teaching philosophy.
He first came to RMC in 2000 at the invitation of Professor David Last and Politics Department head Professor Joel Sokolsky to serve as the organizer (Director) of the International Peacekeeping Summer Institute which offered “critical perspectives on global peace operations.” This institute was co-sponsored with Acadia University and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC), where he had designed and taught several PPC courses from 1998 to 2002. The Institute was held during three summers (renamed Peace Operations Summer Institute) at Wolfville (Acadia University), Clementsport (PPC) and Kingston (RMC).
At RMC, he taught the War Studies course “International Peacekeeping” (WS 508) in several venues/formats: in person at RMC in Kingston and at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, and by video-teleconference from the CFC in Toronto to students across the country. The course covered a wide range of topics, as shown in the WS508 syllabus, over a full academic year. He also taught a geography course (GOE307), syllabus linked here, and received high student evaluations from the officer cadets: the Instructor Evaluation showed a mean of 4.4 out of 5. Appointed to the Department of Politics and Economics, he was responsible to the Department Head and the Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies, to review and recommend approval for the course “Introduction to Peacekeeping” (POE110/210).
At CFC, he has been engaged from his arrival in 2003 in the development of curriculum. He drafted Learning Outcome Guides (LOGs), including guidance (scope, teaching points and readings) for lectures and seminars, and gave feedback to planners on their drafts. He served as the academic adviser for the National Security Studies Course (NSSC) and the National Security Studies Programme (NSSP) for three years. This encouraged him to maintain daily contacts with students and Senior Directing Staff.
Dr. Dorn frequently lectures in the Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP) at CFC on subjects such as “ ,” “ ,” “ ,” and “ .” Some lecture presentations (PPT) are provided here. He has also taught the following JCSP seminars:
|– Canadian Defence, Development and Foreign Policy|
|– Canadian Government and Society|
|– International Relations Theory|
|– Global Institutions|
|– Global Powers|
|– Strategic Express|
|– US Foreign and Defence Policies.|
He has developed substantial teaching materials for the JCSP as a curriculum development officer (CDO). He has had CDO responsibility for the following curriculum (including conduct, selection of lecturers, and choice of readings) in JCSP 37:
|– National Security & International Affairs Course Introduction|
|– The Evolution of Power Since 1918|
|– Brazil and Latin America|
|– China and Southeast Asia|
|– Europe and the EU|
|– India and South Asia|
|– Middle East|
|– Russia and Eurasia.|
For JCSP, he has been responsible for the teaching materials (LOGs) for the following activities:
|– International Organizations: A Case Study|
|– Global Institutions seminar|
|– The Role of International Organizations|
|– Transnational Issues|
|– United Nations|
In his capacity as Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs (DSIA, 2010–13) at CFC, he read, edited and evaluated all LOGs for the academic courses in each programme, including the National Security Programme (NSP) and the Joint Command and Staff Programme. The JCSP course on “National Security and International Affairs” (DS 547) had 39 distinct activities (e.g., lectures, and seminars) for a total of 111 hours of programme time in the residential course and 164 hours of programme time in the distance learning (DL) version. He annually presented the opening DS 547 lecture of the residential course to overview the content and deliverables in DS 547. He also prepares the “Course Overview” and “Guidance for Instructors” in the DL version of the course. Concomitantly he served in 2010/11 and 2011/12 and 2014/15 as an Instructor for one DL syndicate, with responsibility for marking threaded discussions and essays.
He was involved in the redesign of JCSP to allow for more electives and student options (streams). In addition, as DSIA Chair he was responsible for the curriculum of the Canadian Security Studies Programme (CSSP), which is a 28-activity course held annually over two weeks.
In the past two decades, Dr. Dorn has supervised over 100 officers from a dozen nations in research papers at the master’s level for both the JCSP and NSSC/NSSP/NSP courses.
He has taught courses and gave lectures at various universities and military institutions. This website’s presentations page gives lecture titles in courses and at outside institutions, including the actual pdf and/or PPT.