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Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence

Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences seeks nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.  The appointment will commence on May 1, 2023.  

The Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence has general responsibilities for supporting effective pedagogies across all components of the Seaver College  curriculum, assisting faculty in designing and implementing both successful and innovative teaching practices, enhancing the intellectual engagement of faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, collaborating with College and University partners to advance the use of both existing and emerging technologies to enhance the classroom experience, and coordinating pedagogical programming that promotes creativity, collaboration and reflection amongst the faculty at Seaver College. Typical venues for exercising these responsibilities include periodic pedagogy workshops, weekly email newsletters, and individual consultations on request throughout the calendar year. The Director also supervises and coordinates with the Assistant Director. Typically, the Director and Assistant Director will focus on distinct areas of emphasis. 

Seaver College seeks candidates for the position of Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence who hold tenure within the college or are in a visiting or fixed-term faculty role and are recognized as outstanding educators.  Individuals with demonstrated evidence of leadership in teaching practice and in developing effective pedagogies and who possess an ability to work effectively with faculty colleagues are strongly encouraged to apply.   Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the director position, as is the ability to design and conduct workshops and seminars that foster faculty engagement in the development of more effective teaching strategies within the context of the Christian mission of Seaver College.    

The College seeks candidates who appreciate the value of diversity within a liberal arts learning community and have the ability to facilitate an open and welcoming learning environment. The Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence will teach a 2/1 teaching load if tenured or a 2/2 teaching load if a visiting/fixed-term faculty member and will receive a stipend in recognition of his or her service. You may also nominate a colleague by contacting associate dean Kindy De Long. Nominations are most helpful when they include specific information about why you believe the nominee would excel in supporting excellent teaching at Seaver College.

The salary stipend for this appointment will range from $6,000 to $10,000 and reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this stipend. The actual stipend may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the applicant, as well as market conditions. 

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/115187. Applications and nominations will be accepted until Friday, December 2, 2022. The application review process will be facilitated by an advisory committee comprising the Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Development (chair), two divisional deans, two past recipients of the Howard A. White Award for Excellence in Teaching, one additional faculty member referred by the Seaver Faculty Association, and the director of the Student Success Center. A background check will be required in advance of the appointment.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:  

  • A letter of application  

  • A current curriculum vitae  

  • A statement that: 

    • Addresses the responsibilities of the position; 

    • Articulates the applicant’s vision for the Center for Teaching Excellence and how it will promote best practices in pedagogy across the College 

    • Addresses the role of the Christian mission in the life of the college (Both the University and college’s Christian missions),  and specifically as it relates to the responsibilities of the position. 

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.