Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, situated in Malibu, California, invites applications for tenure-track and visiting faculty positions that may be available for the 2017-2018 academic years. Seaver College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically.

Please apply via the links located at the end of each position description.

The below documents will be required as part of the online application process:

  • A letter indicating the position for which the applicant is applying
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts of all graduate work
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement of scholarly agenda
  • A statement indicating how the candidate will support the Christian mission and heritage of the University. 

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission and heritage. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Pepperdine University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. While students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire, and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists who are active members in a Church of Christ congregation.

 


Professor-Endowed Chair

Fletcher Jones Chair in Western Culture

Pepperdine University's Seaver College announces the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a humanities discipline such as Art History, Classics, History, Literature, Philosophy or a related field; a demonstrable commitment to excellent teaching, especially in general education; and an outstanding record of peer-reviewed scholarly publication generally commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor. The Fletcher Jones Chair in Western Culture will be dedicated to increasing students' knowledge of Western culture's history, institutions, and impact on the world's major regions and countries. Additionally the chair will contribute significantly to strengthening faculty recruitment, retention, and development for Humanities courses. Key responsibilities will include teaching large undergraduate lecture classes in the Western Culture program, providing leadership in developing and coordinating curriculum and special projects, and extending the global presence of Pepperdine University through public engagement. The chair will serve as a role model and resource for faculty who teach in the Humanities sequence both on the Malibu campus and in International Programs by coordinating instruction. He/she will also provide leadership in assessing student learning and working together with faculty colleagues to adapt curriculum to meet changes in learning expectations. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled; effective date of employment is August 1, 2017.
Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/36453  

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Dr. April Marshall (april.marshall@pepperdine.edu)
Senior Associate Dean
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237

Business Administration Division

Assistant Professor of Accounting

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in accounting. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in accounting is required and teaching experience is preferred. Teaching experience in a combination of the following fields is sought:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Cost Analysis and Systems

The business program at Seaver College is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division, including 96 accounting majors. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and we have initiated a Masters in Science in Accounting. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. The accounting program has been recognized as one of the top 50 undergraduate accounting programs in the nation by accounting.com. USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our for more information.

Applicants should submit all materials to: https://apply.interfolio.com/35775

Contact:
Marilyn Misch (marilyn.misch@pepperdine.edu)
Search Committee Chair, Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in business strategy. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in strategy is required and teaching experience is preferred. While strategy will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach occasionally in another management area or discipline is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website for more information.  Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/35816

Contact:
Professor Connie James (connie.james@pepperdine.edu)
Chair of the Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in organizational behavior or a related field. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in organizational behavior is required and teaching experience is preferred. While organizational behavior will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach occasionally in another management area or discipline is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website  for more information.  Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/35861.

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Professor Ben Postlethwaite (ben.postlethwaite@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Business Law

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with a terminal degree in law for a tenure-track position in business law. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the JD before the date of appointment, which is August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in law is required and teaching experience is preferred. The expected courses taught would be undergraduate classes in business law and international business. The flexibility to teach occasionally in another field is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website at  for more information.

Applicants should apply at apply.interfolio.com/35896.  A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:

Keith Whitney (keith.whitney@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Decision Science

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in a decision science. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in decision sciences is required and teaching experience is preferred. Classes taught will include statistics, operations management, and statistics. The ability to teach occasionally in another discipline is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website for more information.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/35984.

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Robert Shearer (robert.shearer@pepperdine.edu).
Chair of the Search Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237

Assistant Professor of Finance

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in finance. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in finance is required and teaching experience is preferred. Classes taught will include financial management, financial markets and institutions, investments, international finance, and portfolio management. The ability to teach occasionally in another discipline is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website for more information.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/36056.  

For more information, please contact:
Levon Goukasian (levon.goukasian@pepperdine.edu)
Chair of the Search Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned doctorate in marketing. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in marketing is required and teaching experience is preferred. Classes taught will include principles of marketing and international marketing. The ability to teach occasionally other marketing classes is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website for more information.

Please submit all application materials on apply.interfolio.com/35970

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:

Alice Labban (alice.labban@pepperdine.edu)
Chair of the Search Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237

Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Law

The business administration division of Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with a terminal degree in law for a visiting position in business law. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the JD before the date of appointment, which is August 1, 2017. A documented research interest in law is required and teaching experience is preferred. The expected courses taught would be undergraduate classes in business law and international business. The flexibility to teach occasionally in another field is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. Please visit our website for more information.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/36030.  

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Keith Whitney (keith.whitney@pepperdine.edu)
Chair of the Search Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237

 Communication Division

Divisional Dean, Communications

Seaver College seeks applications for the position of Divisional Dean, Communication. The divisional dean leads and manages the Seaver College Communication Division to ensure that all academic and co-curricular programs are delivered, reviewed, and assessed successfully. The dean serves as the supervisor of all divisional faculty and is involved in all faculty hiring and review processes, including step advancement, RTP, five-year, and annual reviews. The dean also hires, supervises, and evaluates all divisional staff and adjunct faculty. Student recruitment, administering of student scholarships, and fundraising are among the additional responsibilities of the dean. The dean serves as a member of the Seaver Academic Council, Seaver College Cabinet, and divisional committees. He or she also may serve on other institutional or college committees as appropriate.

Seaver College seeks candidates for the position of divisional dean who hold a full-time faculty appointment within the college, evidence significant scholarly activity, and are recognized as outstanding educators. A successful candidate for divisional dean should possess the following qualifications, professional skills, and characteristics.

  • A passion for students and for student learning and development.
  • A dedication to understand and support all divisional curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to productively engage colleagues in difficult discussions while affirming constructive professional relationships.
  • Exceptional communication skills to engage internal and external audiences, advocate for divisional support, and articulate the needs of the college and university.
  • The ability to direct governance processes that ensure equity and comply with institutional policy.
  • An attunement to the needs of the students and expectations of the faculty.
  • An understanding of the roles and needs of divisional staff.
  • A commitment to the liberal arts.
  • A strong moral and ethical reputation consistent with the Christian mission of the college.
  • Demonstrated abilities to plan strategically, engage diversity and inclusivity, and build community.
  • Experience managing a budget and implementing sound financial management practices are preferred.

Beginning on August 1, 2017, the divisional dean will serve an initial term of four years and teach one course each academic semester (two courses in the academic year). The dean will receive a stipend in recognition of his or her service.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents as part of the online application process at: apply.interfolio.com

  • A letter of application.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement that addresses the responsibilities of the position; articulates the applicant's vision for the Communication Division and how it aligns with both the university and college strategic plans; and addresses the role of the Christian mission in the life of the division, and specifically as it relates to the responsibilities of the position. (http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/mission/)

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2016.The application review process will be conducted by a committee composed of Michael Feltner (chairperson), April Marshall, Don Shores, Lauren Amaro, and John Watson.

Assistant Professor of Public Relations

The Communication Division of Pepperdine University invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track appointment in public relations. The successful candidate will be able to teach several courses within our 100-plus student major, including Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, and Public Relations Techniques and Campaigns. The ability to teach general media courses, such as Storytelling Through Media, Communication Theories, and Communication Research, is preferred. The successful candidate will also co-advise the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, serve as a curriculum adviser for public relations student majors, and oversee the curriculum component of student internships. Documented research interest, teaching experience, and professional experience in public relations are required. A Ph.D. is also required.
Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3400 students situated in Malibu, Calif. It is affiliated with the churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity. All applicants must have an active commitment to the university's Christian mission and indicate that in their application materials. (http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/seaver-mission/). We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/37186   

Contact:

Dr. Denise Ferguson (denise.ferguson@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Public Relations Search Community
Professor of Communication
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211

Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication

The Communication Division invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track appointment in Communication with a specialty in Organizational Communication. The successful candidate will teach courses in organizational communication theory, training and development, and organizational communication analysis. The successful candidate will also teach in one or more specialty areas such as conflict management, social entrepreneurship and/or non-profit communication, sustainability, intercultural communication, and new technologies. The opportunity to teach courses in the Communication Division's strategic communication master's degree is also a possibility. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. An emphasis on innovative teaching is highly desirable. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the successful applicant will provide academic advising for a cohort of majors within the division. Skill at assessment, curriculum development and service learning/community based research are emphases that would be greatly appreciated. An active research and publication agenda is required.
Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, Calif. It is affiliated with the churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity. All applicants must have an active commitment to the University's Christian mission and indicate that in their application materials. (http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/seaver-mission/) We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio/37311. 

Contact:
Dr. Juanie Walker (Juanie.Walker@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Communication Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, CA 90263-4211

Fine Arts Division

Please check back in the future.

International Studies and Languages

Associate or Assistant Professor of International Studies

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for an Associate or Assistant Professor in International Studies beginning in August 2017. International Studies, the largest multidisciplinary major in the college, seeks candidates with expertise in at least one of the following areas: political economy, economic development, NGOs, international human rights and humanitarianism, international trade. Regional expertise in Africa, Asia, or Latin America is a plus. Teaching responsibilities will vary depending on the expertise of the candidate but will include global economics. Additional responsibilities will depend on the experience of the candidate but may include providing direction and leadership for the program, coordinating the curriculum and teaching schedule in conjunction with the Divisional Dean, and overseeing the Model United Nations (MUN) team.

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit all materials to: apply.interfolio.com/36943

Contact:

Professor Paul Begin (paul.begin@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Search Committee
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Natural Science Division

Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or a related field by July 2017. Candidates with post-doctoral research experience are strongly preferred.

Successful candidates will contribute to a vibrant curriculum in the exercise sciences. Candidates must have demonstrated doctoral/post-doctoral preparation for teaching undergraduate coursework in two or more areas of sports medicine, including human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics. Candidates are expected to establish a research program that involves undergraduate students. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests that involve the interaction of exercise with functional movement, human physiology, exercise physiology, and kinesiology. Current research interests in the department include cognitive function and aging, vascular physiology, neural biology and exercise performance, and exercise and pregnancy. Well-equipped biomechanics and physiology laboratories are available for teaching and research and opportunities for collaboration also exist with faculty in biology, physics, engineering, and computer science.

Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2016 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/36199

Any inquiries about this position should be sent to:
Dr. Rodney L. Honeycutt (rodney.honeycutt@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean of Natural Science
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Telephone 310-506-4879
Fax 310-506-4785

Assistant Professor of Physics

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in Physics beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants, who have completed a Ph.D. in experimental physics by July, 2017, are desired; however, exceptional applicants with expertise in other areas of physics, biophysics, or engineering will be considered.

Candidates will have a preference and demonstrated ability for teaching physics for undergraduates majoring in physics as well as to science and non-science majors. Candidates must be proficient in both written and spoken English and must demonstrate an active commitment to the university's Christian mission and heritage. Located near Los Angeles in southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates capable of contributing through their teaching, research and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2016 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/36231

Inquiries about this position should be sent to:
Dr. Rodney L. Honeycutt (rodney.honeycutt@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean, Natural Science
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Telephone 310-506-4879
Fax 310-506-4785

Religion and Philosophy Division

Please check back in the future.

 Social Science Division

Assistant Professor of Economics

The Social Science Division invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Economics to begin Fall 2017. We seek candidates who would be able to teach intermediate macroeconomics and intermediate microeconomics, as well as topical courses in their areas of expertise; we are especially interested in expanding our portfolio of courses to include courses such as environmental economics, health economics, economic growth and development, monetary theory or economics of the family. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Economics, university teaching experience, evidence of scholarship, and a commitment to excellent teaching in a Christian liberal arts environment. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Review of applicants will begin October 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application materials at apply.interfolio.com/35880  

Contact:

Dr. Gary Galles (gary.galles@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Social Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

The Social Science Division invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position in psychology for the 2017/18 academic year. We seek candidates who would be able to teach Introductory Statistics, Intermediate Statistics, Research Methods, and one of the following: Psychological Testing and Assessment, Physiological Psychology, or Psychopharmacology. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Psychology, university teaching experience, and a commitment to excellent teaching in a Christian liberal arts environment. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/37099

Contact:
Cindy Miller-Perrin (cindy.miller-perrin@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Social Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4372

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