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Seaver College, Pepperdine University's college of liberal arts, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Seaver College. The Dean of Seaver College serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the University Provost. The Dean is responsible for overseeing enrollment, curriculum, strategic planning, budget, student affairs, international programs, and personnel of the College.

Reporting to the Dean are the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, the Assistant Dean of Research, the Assistant Dean of Teaching, the Dean of International Programs, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Admission and Enrollment Management, and the Assistant Dean of Advancement and Alumni Relations. The Dean of Seaver College joins four other University deans on the University Planning Committee where both Seaver College and University issues are decided. 

Seaver College has 190 full-time faculty and enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, majoring in 39 subject areas, in divisions of business administration, communication, fine arts, humanities and teacher education, international studies and languages, natural science, religion, and social science. Master's degrees are offered to approximately 100 students in the fields of American studies, communications, history, religion, and screenwriting.

The College's main campus is in Malibu, California, with additional residential programs in Buenos Aires, Florence, Heidelberg, Lausanne, and London, as well as additional international study opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The Seaver campus opened in Malibu in 1972. Today it enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its many programs, including international studies, the Great Books curriculum, undergraduate research programs, and a social action and justice curriculum. The student/teacher ratio is 12:1. Students come from all 50 states and about 60 foreign countries.

Pepperdine University is a Christian university that maintains a vital relationship with the Churches of Christ. Because Seaver College is central to this association, the Dean of Seaver College must be prepared to preserve and enhance this affiliation through the curriculum, the co-curriculum, and constituency relations. The ideal candidate will be an active member of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and will exhibit a strong commitment to the University mission.

The ideal candidate will hold an earned doctorate degree and possess a record of considerable academic experience, including significant scholarly activity and evidence of excellence in teaching and service. In addition, the candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the undergraduate experience—both curricular and co-curricular. The candidate should be prepared to participate in extensive strategic planning, both at the College and University levels, and should be prepared to manage a College budget in excess of $55 million.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the next Dean. An ability to build alumni support and engage in fund-raising is expected. The candidate will demonstrate a strong vision for undergraduate education in the 21st century; the ability to engage faculty and others in creating and implementing a visionary strategic plan; and a strong moral and ethical reputation.

Nominations are welcome and will be most helpful if they address how the nominee meets the qualifications described above. Applications should include a cover letter which addresses each of the announced qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for five references (to be contacted only in the event a candidate becomes a finalist). Screening of applicants will begin as early as December 4. For optimal consideration, complete applications should be received by January 11, 2008. The position will remain open until filled. Materials should be sent, in confidence, and preferably electronically to:

Darryl Tippens
Provost and Chair of the Review Committee
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4261

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 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.

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