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Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences  

Associate Dean for Curriculum and General Education

Seaver College seeks nominations and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Curriculum and General Education. The appointment will commence August 1, 2021. The associate dean's primary responsibilities are providing administrative leadership and management of the college's academic curriculum and General Education program. The associate dean will chair the Seaver Academic Council, serve as a member of the University Academic Council, and chair the Graduate Programs Council. The associate dean oversees development of the academic calendar, course catalog, and supports the curricular assessment process. The associate dean also leads and makes decisions on a wide range of academic matters and policies, including, but not limited to: academic exceptions and appeals, course substitutions and modifications, and the final exam schedule. The associate dean directs the academic integrity appeal process, the Title IX review process for academic matters, and serves on several college committees. As a member of the college's administrative leadership group, the associate dean also serves on the Seaver Cabinet and reports directly to the Dean of Seaver College. The associate dean will be expected to facilitate all activities of the Dean's Office and accept other duties as assigned, including crisis response and management.

Outstanding candidates for the position of associate dean will hold tenure within the College, have evidence of successful scholarly activity, and be recognized as an outstanding educator and facilitator. Exceptional candidates will have a passion for student learning, an unwavering devotion to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, a commitment to shared governance and partnership with faculty, a fidelity to the liberal arts, an attunement to the needs of students and the expectations of faculty, and a strong moral and ethical reputation. The next associate dean will advance their leadership through an abiding commitment to both current and best practices arising from regular review of relevant literature and an adherence to best practices within the academy regarding both curricula and pedagogy. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the associate dean, as is the ability to engage conflict, generate professional dialogue, and accomplish creative consensus that promotes academic excellence. A keen understanding of the Christian mission and the university and college strategic plans will enable the associate dean to ensure that curricular programs are aligned with institutional commitments. Demonstrated abilities to build community, engage multiple stakeholders, and engender support for initiatives spanning multiple programs and areas of the College are greatly valued in the associate dean. Experience teaching in the General Education program is preferred.

The associate dean will serve an initial term of three years and teach one course each academic semester (two courses in the academic year). The associate dean will receive a stipend in recognition of his or her service.

Nominations to the committee are welcome, but not required. When provided, nominations are most helpful when addressing how the applicant meets the above description. The committee especially encourages applications from candidates who through their leadership, managerial acumen, teaching, research, service, and personal example contribute positively to advancing all forms of diversity and excellence at Seaver College.

Applicants please submit the following documents as part of the online application process at:  apply.interfolio.com/78697

  • A letter of application.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement that:

o addresses the responsibilities of the position;
o articulates the applicant's vision for the areas of academic curriculum and general education; and
o addresses the role of the Christian mission in the life of the college, and specifically as it relates to the academic curriculum and the integration of faith and learning. See pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/mission-vision/  seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/seaver-mission/.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until October 23, 2020. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Divisional Dean, Business Administration

Seaver College seeks applications for the position of Divisional Dean, Business Administration. The divisional dean leads and manages the Seaver College Business Administration 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, promotion, five-year, and annual reviews for all full-time faculty. 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.
    • A commitment to maintaining and advancing the division's AACSB accreditation.
    • 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.
    • The ability to collaborate and partner with the International Programs office and academic programs.
    • 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, 2021, 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.

The committee encourages applications from all full-time faculty; preference will be given to tenured faculty who hold the rank of associate professor or higher. The committee especially encourages applications from candidates who through their leadership, managerial skill, teaching, research, service, and personal example contribute positively to the diversity and excellence of the division.

All applicants are required to submit the following documents as part of the online application process at apply.interfolio.com/79178 

Nominations or inquiries may be sent to Michael Feltner at michael.feltner@pepperdine.edu. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2020. A background check is required as a condition of employment.

The application review process will be conducted by a committee composed of Michael Feltner (chairperson), Kendra Killpatrick, Connie James, Rob Shearer, and Haley O'Steen. 


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