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Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes

Ohio State's beloved football coach Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was not only a fierce competitor on the field, but was also an active and astute observer of military history and national security. He was interested in both athletics and academics, a combination that enhances the legacy he has left Ohio State.

As a veteran of World War II, Coach Hayes had a strong interest in military strategy. Among other things, he hosted a local television program that discussed national security in a historical perspective and guest lectured on the topic at colleges and universities around the United States, including Harvard University.

After his death, the university community proposed making an academic tribute to Coach Hayes. Honoring his commitment to the academic fields he was interested in was "beyond his wildest dreams," said his widow, Anne Hayes.

Through the efforts of Coach Hayes' widow, Anne; his son, Judge Steven B. Hayes; his many friends and admirers; and the university community, the campaign to fund the Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair of National Security Studies was completed in 2001.

The income from this endowment provides funds for the Mershon Center to be home to a high-profile, tenured professor who conducts research and educates a new generation in the issues of national security studies.

Job opening

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies invites applications for the endowed position of the Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies. The Mershon Center understands international security from a wide range of perspectives, approaches, and substantive foci. Consequently, successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, public affairs/administration, public policy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. The successful candidate will make an active contribution to our interdisciplinary program of research and public outreach on national and international security issues. The chair will be appointed jointly in the center and as a tenured professor in another academic unit, and will have a significant reduction in teaching duties in order to support his or her research program.

The mission of the Mershon Center is to advance the understanding of national security in a global context. The center supports and encourages interdisciplinary research and intellectual exchange across The Ohio State University and in collaboration with other institutions around the world. Over the past two years the center has supported faculty and students from more than a dozen different academic disciplines.

A Ph.D. is required for the position. Compelling candidates for the chair will be rising or established scholars with widespread recognition and a distinguished record of publication and teaching related to issues of international security. 

Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to the Hayes Chair position on Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the Mershon Center, please visit mershoncenter.osu.edu. Questions or nominations may be addressed to Mershon Center Director Christopher Gelpi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..