Jim Craig lecturing

James Craig
Associate Teaching Professor and Department Chair
110 Clark Hall

Master of Military Arts and Sciences, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2006
Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 2003
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1993

Research Interests:
-The history and evolution of veteran support programs in America
-Military culture and professionalism
-The concept of trust in the practice of leadership
-The role of literature in the veteran healing process

Professor Craig served for 25 years as a soldier, as a cadet, and as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He is a combat-infantryman whose operational assignments include command and staff positions in Light, Airborne and Stryker Infantry units. In combat, he served as the operations officer for the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during its 15-month surge deployment to Baghdad, Saladin and Anbar Provinces of Iraq.  His non-operational assignments include positions as an deputy chief of infantry officer assignments at Army Human Resources Command, as a strategist on the Department of the Army staff in the Pentagon, as the Professor of Military Science at Washington University in St. Louis and as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

While in service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for combat service and he is a 6-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Senior Parachutist, a Jumpmaster, and a Ranger. 


Mike Cook

Michael Cook
Major, US Air Force
Professor of Aerospace Studies
Commander of Detachment 207 (Air Force ROTC)
(314) 977-8227 (Main office is at St. Louis University)

Major Michael T. Cook is the commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Command Detachment 207, and the Director of the Aersopace Studies Program at UMSL.  He is responsible for recruiting, training, and educating officer candidates from nine universities in two states, and he manages over $2M of scholarship, subsistence, and recruiting funds.

Major Cook graduated cum laude from Hannibal LaGrange College in 1999.  After attending Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL, he was assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He analyzed simulations supporting acquisition of the F-35 and UCAV. Major Cook next obtained a Masters of Science in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). His thesis addressed the military worth of the advanced tactical laser using aggregated output from three simulation levels. After AFIT, he served as an analyst at United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) assessing the survivability of nuclear plans and leading the Command’s annual implementation affecting all nuclear and conventional planning factors.  Following USSTRATCOM, Major Cook served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy teaching cadets about both leadership and mathematics.  During that time, he lead the department’s largest course of 900 cadets and 15+ instructors through a major course overhaul, improving assessment of cadet comprehension.  Thereafter, he deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as Air Mobility Division Strategy Chief. After instructing, Maj Cook transferred to the Air Mobility Command Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron where he developed assessment metrics for tests and conducted analysis on test results.  For the last two years, he served as the Assistant Director of Operations, providing oversight and coordination on 40 tests per year.


Chad Callis

Chad Callis
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army
Professor of Military Science
Commander of the Gateway Army ROTC Battalion
(314) 935-5537   (main office is at Washington University)

Lieutenant Colonel Chad Callis is the Commander of the Gateway Army ROTC Battalion and the new Director of the Military Science Program at UMSL.  In this capacity, he leads a faculty and staff team of 10 that develops military leadership, management and tactics curriculum for over 100 student (cadets) across 9 universities in the St. Louis Area (including a growing contingent of students from UMSL).  Before coming to St. Louis, Chad was a graduate level instructor in the tactics and operations department of US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Chad is an armor (tank) officer with multiple combat deployments to Iraq over the past decade.  His army leadership positions include Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer and Chief of an Iraqi Army Advisory Team. From 2001-2004 he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Washington University.


Ryan Barrett
PhD Candidate in Political Science
Interim Director of the UMSL Student Veterans Center
211 Clark Hall

Ryan Barrett was born and raised in Saint Louis, leaving for the Washington DC metro area after graduating high school.  He first attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA then transferred to American University’s School of International Service, earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  During his undergraduate studies Ryan served as a cadet in Air Force ROTC and as an intern at the Department of State.  Immediately after graduating he earned his commission and entered active duty.  His five years of military service included an assignment to Joint Base Andrews, MD and one deployment to Iraq and another to Afghanistan.  Furthermore, he completed his Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University while on active duty.  He is currently a full-time graduate student in the Department of Political Science and the Interim Director of the Veterans Center.