Administrative Employment Opportunities

Divisional Dean, Social Science

Seaver College seeks applications for the position of Divisional Dean, Social Science. The divisional dean leads and manages the Seaver College Social Science Division to ensure that all academic and co-curricular programs are delivered, reviewed, and assessed successfully. The dean serves as the supervisor of 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 faculty, staff and 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, 2018, 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

  • A letter of application.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement that:
  • addresses the responsibilities of the position;
  • articulates the applicant's vision for the Social Science 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. (

Applications will be accepted until January 16, 2018. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. If you have questions about the search process, please contact the chair of the search committee, Michael Feltner.

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.