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Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Divisional Dean, Natural Science Division

Seaver College seeks applications for the position of Divisional Dean, Natural Science. The divisional dean leads and manages the Seaver College Natural 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, 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.
  • A commitment to advancing belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the division and among faculty, staff, and students.
  • The ability to successfully mentor faculty in scholarship, undergraduate research, and grant writing.
  • Effective leadership and management of research programs, including undergraduate research.
  • An abiding fidelity to the liberal arts.
  • 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 strong moral and ethical reputation consistent with the Christian mission of the college.
  • Demonstrated abilities to plan strategically 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 (four units) each academic semester (two courses or eight units 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/87579.

  • A letter of application.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A statement that:
    • addresses the responsibilities of the position;
    • articulates the applicant's vision for the Natural Science Division and how it aligns with both the university strategic plan and the college's 2030 strategic plan; 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 (https://www.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/mission-vision/ & https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/seaver-mission/)

Nominations or inquiries may be sent to Michael Feltner at michael.feltner@pepperdine.edu. Applications will be accepted until May 26, 2021. 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, Tom Vandergon, Loan Kim, and David Green. 

 Pepperdine University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Engaging in unlawful discrimination or harassment will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. 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 which 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. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse work force consistent with its stated goals and mission.