Faculty Employment Opportunities

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, situated in Malibu, California, invites applications for tenure-track and visiting faculty positions that may be available for the 2019-2020 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. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission and heritage. 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
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • A statement of scholarly agenda
  • A statement indicating how the candidate will support the Christian Values of the 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 PhD in organizational behavior or a 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 is preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2019. 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). USA Today ranks Seaver's business program as the 11th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the 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 www.seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

Please submit all application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/51417

Contact:

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

Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management and Service Leadership

The business administration division of Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University is seeking an assistant professor of nonprofit management and service leadership to teach our capstone service leadership project course as well as courses in our nonprofit management minor. More information about the service leadership course can be found at https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/business/opportunities/service/. The nonprofit management minor is described at https://www.nonprofitleadershipcollaborative.org/nonprofit-management-minor.html.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in management, nonprofit management, or a related field. While the main teaching assignment will be the service leadership course, the ability to teach in other management areas such as nonprofit management, and occasionally in organizational behavior or human resource management is preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2019. Documented research interest in management, with a focus on nonprofit management or service leadership 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). USA Today ranks Seaver's business program as the 11th best undergraduate business program in the country. We have approximately 775 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division. Despite the 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 www.seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/52555

Contact:

Dr. Regan Schaffer (regan.schaffer@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

Formal announcement forthcoming.

Assistant Professor of Media Production

Formal announcement forthcoming.

 Fine Arts Division

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Large Ensembles and Orchestra Conductor

The Department of Music at Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences seeks a dynamic faculty member with a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education, with excellent teaching and recruiting skills, to serve as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Large Ensembles and Orchestra Conductor. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, DMA, or DM with a relevant combination of experience and training.  This candidate will be expected to conduct undergraduate instrumental ensembles, including orchestra and other ensembles as necessary, as well as conduct the annual opera and musical. He or she will also teach courses in the instructor's areas of specialization with consideration for departmental needs.

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 are expected. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The Department of Music at Pepperdine University is committed to the pursuit of academic and artistic excellence through diversity and inclusion, and we seek candidates whose backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences align with our commitment to advancing our inclusive and educational environment.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/53160

Contact:

Dr. Lincoln Hanks (lincoln.hanks@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

       Please check back in the future.

 International Studies and Languages

       Please check back in the future.

 Natural Science Division  

Assistant/Associate Professor of Sports Medicine: Kinesiology

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant/Associate 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 July 2019. As the program is hiring three new tenure-line faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year, 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 of kinesiology. If you are seeking a tenure line faculty appointment as a scholar/educator at a premier Christian university committed to the highest standards of the liberal arts and kinesiology, then we encourage you to apply.

Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in the exercise sciences, with demonstrated doctoral/post-doctoral preparation for teaching undergraduate coursework in two or more of the following areas: human anatomy, human physiology, functional anatomy, exercise physiology, motor behavior, neuroscience, biostatistics/research methods, health and disease, health and fitness, physical activity epidemiology, or exercise/sports psychology. In addition to teaching expectations, candidates are expected to establish a productive research program that involves undergraduate students. Current research interests in the department include human performance in hypoxia, nutritional considerations for elite athletes, and exercise during the perinatal period. Well-equipped exercise science laboratories are available for teaching and research. Scholarly collaboration among Sports Medicine faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., biology, nutrition, chemistry, physics, etc.) is encouraged.

Successful candidates also 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.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/54939

Contact:

Dr. Cooker Storm (cooker.storm@pepperdine.edu)
Program Coordinator for Sports Medicine
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine: Neuroscience/Motor Behavior

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, with expertise in neuroscience or motor behavior or a related field, beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or a related field by July 2019.  Candidates with post-doctoral research experience are strongly preferred.

Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in the exercise sciences.  In addition to expertise and the ability to teach in neuroscience or motor behavior or a related field, candidates must have demonstrated doctoral/post-doctoral preparation for teaching undergraduate coursework in one or more of the following additional areas in exercise science: human anatomy, functional anatomy, exercise psychology, neuromuscular adaptations, biomechanics or biostatistics/research methods. In addition to teaching expectations, candidates are expected to establish a research program that involves undergraduate students. Current research interests in the department include human performance in hypoxia, nutritional considerations for elite athletes, and exercise during the perinatal period.  Well-equipped exercise science laboratories are available for teaching and research. Scholarly collaboration among Sports Medicine faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., biology, psychology) is encouraged.

Successful candidates also 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.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/54708

Contact:

Dr. Cooker Storm (cooker.storm@pepperdine.edu)
Program Coordinator for Sports Medicine
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine: Physiology

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, with expertise in human physiology, beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in physiology or kinesiology or a related field by July 2019. Candidates with post-doctoral research experience are strongly preferred.

Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in the exercise sciences. In addition to expertise and the ability to teach human physiology, candidates must have demonstrated doctoral/post-doctoral preparation for teaching undergraduate coursework in one or more of the following additional areas in exercise science: human anatomy, functional anatomy, exercise physiology, or biostatistics/research methods. In addition to teaching expectations, candidates are expected to establish a productive research program that involves undergraduate students. Current research interests in the department include human performance in hypoxia, nutritional considerations for elite athletes, and exercise during the perinatal period. Well-equipped exercise science laboratories are available for teaching and research. Scholarly collaboration among Sports Medicine faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, nutrition, etc.) is encouraged.
Successful candidates also 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.
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/54865

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

 Religion and Philosophy Division 

Assistant Professor of Religion: Old Testament/Hebrew Scripture

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 2019-2020 academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed by August 1, 2019; 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 3,500 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, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/55192

Contact:

Professor Daniel A. Rodriguez (daniel.rodriguez@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean, Religion and Philosophy Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4352

 Social Science Division

Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Social Science Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Sociology to begin Fall 2019. We seek candidates with research and teaching experience in more than one of the following areas: criminology, culture, gender, and globalization. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, university teaching experience, evidence of scholarship, and a commitment to excellent teaching 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/52546. Review of applicants will begin September 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Contact:
Dr. Rebecca Kim (rebecca.y.kim@pepperdine.edu).
Chair of the Sociology Search Committee
Social Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263