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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 2021-2022 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 3,400 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 (email address will be requested)
  • 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 management. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in management or a related field such as Industrial-Organizational Psychology and demonstrate a genuine interest in teaching undergraduate students in an institution committed to the liberal arts. While organizational behavior will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach in other management areas such as strategic management and entrepreneurship is strongly preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2021. A 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 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.  As a premier Christian liberal arts college, Seaver College has a diverse student body of approximately 3,400 students.  US News and World Report ranks both Pepperdine University and our undergraduate business program as the 50th best in the country.  College Factual ranks our business administration and our international business degree programs as 7th and 5th best in the country, respectively.  Our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial, collaborative, and research active. More information about the Business Administration Division is available on our website seaver.pepperdine.edu/business

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/77766

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

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management 

The business administration division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University is seeking an assistant professor of management. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in strategic management or a related field and demonstrate a genuine interest in teaching undergraduate students in an institution committed to the liberal arts. While strategy will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach in other management areas such as entrepreneurship, international management, organizational behavior, or nonprofit management is strongly preferred. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the degree before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2021. A 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 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. As a premier Christian liberal arts college, Seaver College has a diverse student body of approximately 3,400 students. US News and World Report ranks both Pepperdine University and our undergraduate business program as the 50th best in the country. College Factual ranks our business administration and our international business degree programs as 7th and 5th best in the country, respectively. Our classes are small (rarely more than 25 students) and our faculty is collegial, collaborative, and research active. More information is available at our website seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

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: apply.interfolio.com/77770

Contact:
Ben Postlethwaite [ben.postlethwaite@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 Communication Studies

The Communication Division at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor rank in Communication Studies. Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of approximately 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California.

The successful candidate will teach courses in communication ethics, mixed research methods, conflict and negotiation, and intercultural or interpersonal communication, as well as additional courses in their area of research in the Communication Studies program. We seek a colleague who will contribute to the student's whole person, and particularly their awareness of the interconnectedness between self, others, and calling; understanding of communication systems to foster justice; skills for analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting messages; ability to communicate competently across differences and contexts; and their ability to engage in ethical dialogue.

Support for the University's Christian mission, liberal arts programs, and emphasis on innovative teaching is essential. The College is committed to hiring candidates who advance the university's commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants should reflect on their active participation in a community of faith when describing their response to the Seaver College mission. An established record of strong research is highly desirable. Experience with institutional assessment and curriculum development is preferable. A Ph.D. in communication is required; the successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. by August 1, 2021 when the position officially begins.

Please submit all application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/79028.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, with a priority deadline of November 30, 2020. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Contact:
Dr. Lauren Amaro (lauren.amaro@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Communication Studies Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211

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 2021.

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 programs through service are especially desired. Documented teaching and research expertise in one or a combination of the following areas is required: Advertising, Marketing, or Public Relations. Coursework integrating the three areas is also required. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Communication, Marketing or a related field no later than August 1, 2021. Professional experience in the industry including special skills related to digital analytics, social media analytics, videography and/or Web or app design and development is beneficial.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of approximately 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.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/79057.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, with a priority deadline of November 30, 2020. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Contact:
Sarah Fischbach (sarah.fischbach@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Integrated Marketing Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant or Associate Professor of Screen Arts

The Communication Division at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank in Screen Arts beginning August 1, 2021. Seaver College is a residential Christian liberal arts college of approximately 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California.

The successful candidate will teach intermediate and advanced production courses, supervise co-curricular student productions, and provide academic leadership in the major. Applicants should have teaching experience in two or more of the following: directing, editing, cinematography, law, visual effects, documentary, narrative filmmaking, or TV/Web production. We seek a colleague who understands the role of faith and the liberal arts in training good storytellers with the foundational skills to enter media industries. Seaver College values innovative teaching, faculty/student mentorship, an established record of peer reviewed research or creative production, and support for the University's Christian mission and liberal arts tradition. Applicants should reflect on their active participation in a community of faith when describing their response to the Seaver College mission. Experience with institutional assessment and curriculum development is preferable. A Ph.D. or terminal degree in Media, Communication, or a related field must be earned by August 1, 2021 when the position officially begins.

Please submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/79095.  Review of applications will begin November 1, 2020, with a priority deadline of November 30, 2020. Review will continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Sarah Stone Watt (sarah.stonewatt@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean of Communication
Or
Dr. John Watson (john.g.watson@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Screen Arts Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211

 Fine Arts Division

Please check back in the future. 

 Humanities and Teacher Education Division

Please check back in the future. 

 International Studies and Languages

Assistant Professor of International Studies (with a specialization in African Studies)

The International Studies and Languages Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences seeks applications for a tenure track appointment as an Assistant Professor of International Studies (with a specialization in African Studies) beginning August 1, 2021. The ability to teach courses in at least two of the following areas is preferred: African politics, African culture and society, ethnicity in Africa, comparative politics, or comparative political economy. A Ph.D. in Political Science, Anthropology, or Sociology is required. Candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates should also have the ability to establish a productive research program. The ability to engage students in their scholarly work would be a plus.

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. Pepperdine is committed to valuing diversity and inclusion among our students and faculty. Applicants of color are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/78908. Review of candidates' application materials will begin on November 9th, 2020, and will continue until the search is closed. 

Contact:

Dr. George Carlsen (george.carlsen@pepperdine.edu)
Divisional Dean of International Studies and Languages
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Natural Science Division 

Assistant Professor of Biology

Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Biology beginning August 1, 2021. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (completed. by June 2021) in eco-physiology, marine biology, physiology, or a related discipline. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, and 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. Well-equipped laboratories are provided for teaching and research. Candidates should expect to establish an independent, productive research program with undergraduate students and engage them in scholarly research. Our location provides easy access to many coastal habitats including rocky intertidal, sandy beach, kelp forest, estuarine, and riparian field sites. Scholarly collaboration among biology faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines is encouraged.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, 30 miles from Los Angeles. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission, as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community. We encourage applications from diverse candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the excellence of the University and our surrounding community and service to the growth and impact of Pepperdine University.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/79416. Review of candidates' files will begin on November 21, 2020, and continue until the search is closed.

Contact:
Dr. Jay Brewster (Jay.Brewster@Pepperdine.edu )
Chair of the Search Committee
Pepperdine University, Natural Science Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321

Assistant Professor of Physics

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Physics beginning August, 2021. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in one of the recognized sub-disciplines of physics by July 2021. 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 physics, with demonstrated expertise appropriate for the development of program content. Candidates will be evaluated for their ability to establish a productive research program that involves undergraduate research students. Pepperdine University provides access to laboratory spaces for both teaching and scholarly research.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, 30 miles from Los Angeles. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission, as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community. We encourage applications from diverse candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the excellence of the University and our surrounding community and service to the growth and impact of Pepperdine University.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/79417. Review of candidates' files will begin on November 21, 2020, and continue until the search is closed.

Contact:
Dr. Jay Brewster (Jay.Brewster@Pepperdine.edu )
Chair of the Search Committee
Pepperdine University, Natural Science Division
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 beginning August 1, 2021. Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. with expertise in at least one of the recognized sub-disciplines of the exercise sciences by July 2021. 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, 30 miles from Los Angeles. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission, as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community. We encourage applications from diverse candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/79432 Review of candidates' files will begin on November 21, 2020, and continue until the search is closed.

Contact:
Dr. Cooker Storm ( Cooker.Storm@Pepperdine.edu
Chair of the Sports Medicine Search Committee)
Pepperdine University, Natural Science Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Biomechanics

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Sports Medicine beginning August 1, 2020 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please also note that there is the potential for a spring 2021 start date. With successful performance, the appointment may be renewed for subsequent academic years. Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in kinesiology or an equivalent field, with an emphasis in biomechanics. Candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience in biomechanics and functional anatomy will also be considered.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates must have demonstrated the ability to teach undergraduate coursework in biomechanics and functional anatomy, with ability to teach in other areas in the program, e.g., human anatomy, introductory statistics and research methods. Candidates are encouraged to engage undergraduate students in research in biomechanics and kinesiology. Additionally, opportunities for scholarly collaboration exist with faculty in sports medicine, physics, biology, and computer science.

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California, 30 miles from Los Angeles. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine's Christian mission (https://www.pepperdine.edu/about/our-story/mission-vision/), as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community. We encourage applications from diverse candidates who will contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/79438 . Review of candidates' files will begin on November 21, 2020, and continue until the search is closed.

Contact:
Dr. Cooker Storm ( Cooker.Storm@Pepperdine.edu
Chair of the Sports Medicine Search Committee)
Pepperdine University, Natural Science Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321

 Religion and Philosophy Division

Visiting Assistant Professor of 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 one-year non-tenure-track visiting faculty position in New Testament for the 2021-2022 academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed or be at least ABD by August 1, 2021; 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 both prior and ongoing active membership in a Church of Christ. The primary responsibility is teaching multiple sections of the required general education course in the New Testament; teaching one or more sections of the comparable course in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible is also possible.

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 December 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/79616

Contact:
Dr. Randall Chesnutt (Randall.Chesnutt@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

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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 Political Science to begin Fall 2021. We seek candidates who are broadly trained and able to teach undergraduate courses in international relations and, potentially, the regional politics of Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, or South Asia. Specific subfields are open, but candidates whose work engages issues of race and/or gender are especially encouraged to apply. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Political Science or International Relations, an active scholarly agenda, and a commitment to excellent teaching in a Christian liberal arts environment.  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. Applications from candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty and who are committed to supporting an inclusive educational environment are encouraged. 

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/78855   Review of applicants will begin October 1, 2020  and will continue until the position is filled. 

Contact:

Dr. Chris Soper (chris.soper@pepperdine.edu)
Chair of the Political Science Search Committee
Social Science Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4372