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 year. 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.


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 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 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 

Communication Division  

Assistant Professor in Communication

The Communication Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor in Communication. The successful candidate will teach four or five sections of our foundational general education course "Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis" annually, with occasional opportunities to teach in other specialty areas. An emphasis on innovative teaching is highly desirable, as is skill at assessment. An established research record in rhetoric or a related field is also required. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. by August 1, 2017 when the position officially begins.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, Calif. All applicants must have an active commitment to the University's Christian mission 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 applicaiton materials to: apply.interfolio.com/39200.

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Ken Waters (ken.waters@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Communication Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA90263-4211

Assistant Professor of Public Relations

The communication division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at  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, California. 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 Committee
Professor of Communication
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211 

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Communication

The Communication Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a one year visiting appointment in communication. The successful candidate will hold a Master's degree prior to August 1, 2017, and have experience coaching debate. The Pepperdine team competes in British Parliamentary style debate, but all debate coaching experience will be considered. Responsibilities will include coaching debate and teaching introductory courses in communication theory and research methods, as well as an upper division course in rhetorical theory. The position is open until filled.

Pepperdine University's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian mission and heritage of the University and indicate that in their application materials. 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/41413

Contact:

Dr. Sarah Stone Watt (sarah.stonewatt@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Communication Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA  90263

Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication

The communication division of Pepperdine University 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. 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

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Production/Design

The Fine Arts Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a one year full-time visiting faculty appointment, with the possibility of reappointment based on successful performance, to begin August 1st, 2017. This appointment
requires an M.F.A. in Theatrical Design with expertise in stage lighting and production management. The successful candidate will teach courses in lighting design, stage management and rendering techniques, and depending upon expertise, courses in advanced stagecraft and/or drafting (hand & vectorworks). S/he will design lights for two shows out of a five-show season. The successful candidate will also be responsible for recruiting and mentoring undergraduate production/design majors. S/he will work collaboratively with the Technical Director, ATD, and Costume Designer to supervise student crews, load ins/strikes, and performances. Initial Submission materials should include: Letter of introduction, C.V., digital portfolio, statement of teaching philosophy, contact information for confidential letters of recommendation, and a statement in support of the University's Christian mission. Applicant review begins immediately.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian mission and heritage of the University and indicate that in their application materials. 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/41409

Contact:
Cathy Thomas-Grant (cathy.thomas-grant@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Theatre Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211 

Humanities and Teacher Education Division

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 International Studies and Languages

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 Natural Science Division

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

The Natural Science Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Mathematics for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or will receive a Ph.D. by June 2017) in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, math education, or other related mathematical disciplines. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and mentoring of undergraduates. Review of candidates' files will begin on May 1, 2017 and continue until the search is closed.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College (http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/mission/), candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates should have the background and ability to teach a broad range of mathematics courses as teaching duties may include pre-calculus, calculus for math and science majors, calculus and finite mathematics for business majors, and statistics.

Located in the diverse metropolitan area of Los Angeles in southern California, the Natural Science Division of Pepperdine University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching or service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3400 students. Faculty, staff and students strive to sustain Pepperdine's mission, as well as to promote Pepperdine's Christian heritage.

Please submit all application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/41471

Contact:

Dr. Timothy Lucas (timothy.lucas@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Natural Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
310-506-4479

Religion and Philosophy Division

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 Social Science Division

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