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Faculty Employment Opportunities

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, situated in Malibu, California, invites applications for tenure-track and fixed-term faculty positions that may be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Seaver College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please apply via the links located at the end of each position description.

Potential Candidates

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3000 students. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment 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. 

Required Application Documents

The documents listed below will be required as part of the online application process. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

  • A letter indicating the position for which the applicant is applying
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts of all graduate work (copies are acceptable during the application process; however, official transcripts will be required for selected applicants.)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement of scholarly agenda
  • A statement indicating how the candidate will support the Christian Mission of Pepperdine University and the mission of Seaver College

Openings by Division

Business Administration Division

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

The business administration division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University is seeking an assistant professor of organizational behavior. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in organizational behavior or a closely related field. While organizational behavior will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach occasionally in other management areas such as human resource management or entrepreneurship is preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2020. Documented research interest in management is required. Preference will be given to candidates with practical and teaching experience.

The business program at Seaver College is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The program consistently is rated in the top 50 undergraduate business programs by USNews and World Report. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite a large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has a diverse student body of approximately 3,200 students. More information is available at our website ww.seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder and seeks faculty members who have a commitment to Christian higher education. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Please submit all application materials at https://apply.interfolio.com/65176. Application review will begin upon receipt; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:

Ben Postlethwaite [ben.postlethwaite@pepperdine.edu].
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing

The business administration division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University is seeking a visiting assistant professor of marketing for the academic year 2020-2021. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in marketing. While the main teaching assignment will be principles of marketing, the ability to teach marketing classes is preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, August 1, 2020. A documented research interest in marketing is necessary. Preference will be given to candidates with practical and teaching experience.

The business program at Seaver College is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranks Seaver's business program as the 7th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite a large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative. The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, and international business, and a contract major in finance. Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California. Seaver College has a diverse student body of approximately 3,200 students. More information is available on our website www.seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder and seeks faculty members who have a commitment to Christian higher education. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

Please submit application materials at https://apply.interfolio.com/65182. Application review will begin upon receipt; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information, please contact the chair of the recruiting committee:

Dr. Alice Labban (alice.labban@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Business Administration Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4237

 Communication Division 

Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication

The Communication Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication to begin August 2020.

The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level, a clear research agenda, and be actively involved in a Christian faith community. Candidates must have significant professional experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies as part of IMC campaigns. They must demonstrate expertise in using digital and traditional media channels. In addition to expected teaching and scholarly responsibilities, candidates who seek to advise students, supervise internships, enrich curricula, and advance the university, college, division, and program through service are especially desired. Documented teaching and research expertise in one or a combination of the following areas is required: Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations. Coursework integrating the three areas is also required. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Communication, Marketing or a related field.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of more than 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. It is affiliated with the churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College and reflect on their willingness to support the mission in their application materials. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.

Review of applications will begin September 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/65941

Contact:
John Watson (john.g.watson@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Integrated Marketing Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Screen Arts

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Screen Arts in the Communication Division to begin August 2020. The Division's facilities include a news and production studio, editing suites, a radio station, and a prominent student newspaper. Candidates should have knowledge and experience to teach journalism and production courses with an emphasis on digital and visual storytelling techniques.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Journalism, Media, Communication, or a related discipline. Candidates should be well-versed in studio, field, and/or multi-camera productions and adept at videography and nonlinear editing, such as Adobe Premiere. The ideal candidate will also possess professional experience working as a journalist in a broadcast setting or producing episodic media content. Previous university-level teaching experience is also desired. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in digital and visual and storytelling as they relate to short- and long-form journalism and innovative techniques in news and media production. Specific courses to be taught are not limited to, but include video field production and multi-camera studio production.

The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level, a clear research agenda, and be actively involved in a Christian faith community. In addition to excellent teaching, faculty responsibilities include active involvement in the division, college, and university service and academic advisement. Additional duties may include newsroom and field and studio work related to courses and co-curricular productions.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of more than 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. It is affiliated with the churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College and reflect on their willingness to support the mission in their application materials. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.

Review of applications will begin December 6, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/65944

Contact:
Theresa de los Santos (Theresa.M.DeLosSantos@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Fine Arts Division

Assistant Professor of Digital Arts

The Fine Arts Division at Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences seeks a dynamic faculty member with excellent teaching and recruiting skills to serve as an Assistant Professor of Art with an emphasis in Digital Art. This is a tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2020.

Applicants must have an MFA in Art, Digital Media, or a similar field, as well as an active exhibition history and at least two years of undergraduate teaching experience (not including T.A. experience). The successful candidate is expected to teach lower and upper-level digital arts courses and lower level art fundamentals courses, including art courses in the General Education curriculum, and to participate in academic advising, curriculum development and assessment, and recruitment. The successful candidate may also teach advanced undergraduate courses in the instructor's area(s) of specialization with consideration for program needs. We seek applicants with diverse creative and intellectual interests who are committed to working with undergraduates in a Christian, liberal arts environment. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

Pepperdine is a Christian University committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership. An active Christian commitment and support for the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College are expected. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/68285 Application deadline: December 1, 2019. 

Contact:
Professor Gretchen Batcheller (gretchen.batcheller@pepperdine.edu )
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Fine Arts Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4462

 Humanities and Teacher Education Division

Assistant Professor of Film Studies

The Humanities and Teacher Education division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University is seeking a full time, tenure-track faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in Film Studies to begin August 2020. The Film Studies program is interdisciplinary and offers three tracks: critical studies, writing for screen and television, and production.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Film (critical studies), Cinema and Media Studies, English, Creative Writing, or a related discipline. The candidate should demonstrate competencies to support and teach curriculum in cinema critical studies, including aesthetics, history, and theory. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate the ability to teach diverse content areas (American cinema, world cinemas, gender studies or similar content), be able to contribute to the scholarship in the field, and be able to support curricular assessment, student advising, and other teaching responsibilities and university service. The successful candidate will evidence support for the university's Christian mission, the interdisciplinary nature of the film curriculum, and the ability to contribute to student success (developing critical thinking and analytical skills). Preference will be given to candidates with degree completion at the time of application with teaching experience and primary training in film (Critical Studies or Film/Television and Media Studies) and screenwriting.

Seaver College is an undergraduate residential liberal arts college nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, California with approximately 3,400 students. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College by submitting a reflection on their support of the mission in their application materials. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.

Please submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/66110.  Application review will begin September 30, 2019 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact:
Joi Carr (joi.carr@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Search Committee
Humanities and Teacher Education Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263     


Visiting Assistant Professor of United States History

The Humanities and Teacher Education division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor in United States History. Preference will be given to applicants with a completed Ph.D. in United States History by August 2020. Sub specialization is open. Teaching responsibilities consist primarily of a one-semester U.S. history survey. The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellent teaching and application materials must reflect a commitment to the Christian values of the University and support of the Seaver College mission .

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of more than 3,400 students located in Malibu, California. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within American Protestant Christianity. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty and who are committed to supporting an inclusive educational environment.

Please submit all application materials at  apply.interfolio.com/68704 . Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Contact:
Sharyl Corrado (sharyl.corrado@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Search Committee
Humanities and Teacher Education Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 

 International Studies and Languages

Please check back in the future.

 Natural Science Division

Assistant Professor of Biology - Cellular/Molecular Biology

The Natural Science Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or will complete at Ph.D. by June 2020) in biology, cell biology, biochemistry or a closely related discipline. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, and their service to both Pepperdine and our surrounding community.

The biology program seeks a faculty member with expertise in the areas of cell biology, biochemistry, or molecular biology. As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates should have the ability to establish a productive research program that welcomes undergraduate research students and engages them in scholarly laboratory research. Well-equipped laboratories are available for teaching and undergraduate research in a variety of areas of biology. Scholarly collaboration among biology faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics) is encouraged.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community as described at pepperdine.edu/spiritual-life/place-of-faith/. Pepperdine University encourages applications from candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019 and continue until the search is closed. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/68967 . A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

Contact:
Dr. Jay Brewster (jay.brewster@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean of Natural Science
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Biology - Plant Biology

The Natural Science Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or will complete at Ph.D. by June 2020) in botany, plant physiology, ecology or a closely related discipline. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, and their service to both Pepperdine and our surrounding community.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates should have the ability to establish a productive research program that welcomes undergraduate research students and engages them in scholarly research. Well-equipped laboratories are available for teaching and undergraduate research in a variety of areas of biology. Scholarly collaboration among biology faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics) is encouraged.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community as described at pepperdine.edu/spiritual-life/place-of-faith/. Pepperdine University encourages applications from candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019 and continue until the search is closed. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/68742

Contact:
Dr. Jay Brewster (jay.brewster@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean of Natural Science
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

The Natural Science Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or will receive a Ph.D. by June 2020) in computer science or other related computing discipline. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, and their service to both Pepperdine and our surrounding community.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.  Candidates should have the background and ability to teach a broad range of introductory and advanced computer science courses. Candidates are expected to be able contribute to the development and implementation of a new data science minor. Candidates should also have an active and promising scholarly program.  Pepperdine has a strong and well-supported program in undergraduate research, and preference will be given to candidates who can actively involve undergraduate students in their research.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community as described at pepperdine.edu/spiritual-life/place-of-faith/. Pepperdine University encourages applications from candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019 and continue until the search is closed. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/68890 . 

Contact:
Dr. J. Stanley Warford (stan.warford@pepperdine.edu)
Computer Science Search Committee Chair
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321

 Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine. Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. with expertise in at least one of the recognized subdisciplines of the exercise sciences by June 2020. We have the flexibility to recruit and hire the person who best fits the needs of the program and university and are not constrained by a specific subdiscipline. If you are seeking a tenure line faculty appointment as a scholar/educator at a premier Christian University committed to the highest standards, then we encourage you to apply.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in sports medicine, with demonstrated doctoral/post-doctoral expertise appropriate for the development of rigorous undergraduate courses and instructional laboratory content. In addition to teaching expectations, candidates will be evaluated for their ability to establish a productive research program that involves undergraduate students. Well-equipped exercise science laboratories are available for teaching and research.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College, as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community as described at pepperdine.edu/spiritual-life/place-of-faith/. Pepperdine University encourages applications from candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019 and continue until the search is closed. Please submit all application materials at:   apply.interfolio.com/68708

Contact:
Dr. Cooker Storm (cooker.storm@pepperdine.edu)
Sports Medicine Search Committee
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Religion and Philosophy Division  

Assistant Professor of Religion - Old Testament/Hebrew Religion

The Religion and Philosophy division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture at the level of assistant professor, beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed by August 1, 2020; teaching experience; an active research agenda; and a commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College . The position requires active membership in a Church of Christ.

Responsibilities include teaching general education courses in Scripture, as well as courses for undergraduate majors and graduate students in Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew and/or ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures. Successful candidates will advise undergraduate and graduate students and supervise or assist with master's theses and comprehensive examinations. 

Pepperdine is a Christian University committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Seaver College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Pepperdine University, enrolls approximately 3,400 students at its residential campus in Malibu, California. The Religion and Philosophy Division of Seaver College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in religion and philosophy, as well as three graduate degrees: the Master of Science in ministry, the Master of Divinity, and the Master of Arts in Old Testament, New Testament, church history, or theology. 

Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in women and minority candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community. 

Application review will begin November 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/68856

Contact:
Dr. Timothy Willis (timothy.willis@pepperdine.edu)
Professor of Religion, Chair of the Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4352 

 Social Science Division

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work

The Social Science Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a fixed-term visiting assistant professor position in Social Work to begin Fall 2020. We seek candidates with experience teaching both introductory and advanced courses in social work and social welfare policy and the ability to develop and maintain close ties with organizations that will provide challenging internships to our students. The ability to teach one or more courses in Psychology is preferred (and should be addressed in application materials), but not required. Qualifications include an MSW or Ph.D. (preferred) in Social Work or a closely related field, relevant scholarship and/or professional experience, and a demonstrated commitment to excellent teaching, advising, and internship supervision in a Christian liberal arts environment. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty and who are committed to supporting an inclusive educational environment.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/67251.  Review of applicants will begin October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Contact:
Dr. Robert E. Williams, Jr. (robert.williams@pepperdine.edu)
Social Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4372