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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 2022-2023 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 cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three current letters of reference (an email address for each referral will be requested)
  • Transcripts of all graduate work (unofficial copies are acceptable for the application; however, official transcripts will be required for selected applicants).
  • A teaching philosophy statement
  • A statement detailing the candidate's scholarly agenda
  • A thoughtful reflection by the applicant on the University's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College

Openings by Division

Business Administration Division

 Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

The Business Administration Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University seeks a candidate with an earned Ph.D. in organizational behavior, management, or a closely related field for a one-year visiting faculty position.  Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the Ph.D. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2022.  A strong candidate who is ABD would be considered.  A documented research interest in organizational behavior is required and teaching experience is preferred.  Organizational behavior will be the main teaching assignment.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). US News and World Report ranks Pepperdine University in the top 50 colleges and universities in the country.  We have approximately 840 undergraduate students in the Business Administration Division.  Despite the large number of majors, our classes are small (rarely more than 30 students) and our faculty is collegial and collaborative.  The division offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting, business administration, finance and international business and several minors.  Degree programs are offered on a full-time, residential basis at the campus in Malibu, California.  Seaver College has an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students. Please visit our website for more information.

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 also must demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission 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.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/106721 . A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

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

 Assistant Professor of 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 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 management will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach in other management areas such as organizational behavior, human resource 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, 2022. 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, finance, and international business along with several minors. 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 3,500 students.  US News and World Report ranks Pepperdine University in the top 50 colleges and universities in the country.  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 www.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: https://apply.interfolio.com/94794

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 

 Communication Division

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 Fine Arts Division

Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice (Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano preferred) 

The Music Program at Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is seeking applications for a one year visiting faculty position in Voice beginning August 1, 2022. The primary role of this position is applied vocal instruction within a dynamic undergraduate music program.  The position may also include teaching diction, pedagogy, vocal literature, assisting the directors of the annual musical and opera productions, and other areas relating to the candidate’s expertise. The successful applicant will be an engaging teacher and artist with excellent training in classical vocal performance and pedagogy.  They will have the ability to work with students of all voice types in classical, operatic, choral, musical theater, and contemporary styles. The successful candidate will have expertise in languages (Italian, German, and French required), performance practice, and current trends in the classical and musical theater industry.  Applicants should hold a master’s or doctorate in music and show an active history of working professionally as a classical singer/performer. They also should demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogy, preferably shown through at least two years of full-time undergraduate teaching experience, not including service as a teaching assistant.

The successful candidate will also show potential to recruit superior students; maintain excellent collaborative working relationships with their colleagues; offer strong service and administrative support for the Music Program and the University.  Strong organizational and management skills are a must. Demonstrated commitment to the vocal, physical, and mental health of students is also expected.

We seek applicants with diverse creative and intellectual interests who are committed to working with undergraduates in an academically rigorous 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 the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College are expected. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

All applicants should share links to videos of recent performances (their own, as well as performances by their undergraduate students) and, if possible, of undergraduate lessons (one male and one female, 10 - 20 minutes each), in addition to the standard application materials.

Application review will begin May 23,2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/106620 .  A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

For more information, contact:
Professor Louise Lofquist (louise.lofquist@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

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 International Studies and Languages

 Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

The International Studies and Languages Division of Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences seeks to hire a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies. Candidates with expertise in at least one of the following areas are strongly preferred: International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Foreign Policy. This is a one-year, full-time, visiting faculty position beginning August, 2022. Strong preference will be granted to applicants with a completed doctoral degree at the time of application; all candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by August 1, 2022.

Finalists will have demonstrated excellence at undergraduate teaching and an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian Values and the mission of Seaver College. Located in Malibu, California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research and service to the diversity and excellence of our University and Southern California community.

Please submit all application materials by clicking apply.interfolio.com/101954  A review of candidates' application materials will begin on February 21, 2022, and will continue until the search is closed. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to george.carlsen@pepperdine.edu, or by writing to:

Dr. George Carlsen
Divisional Dean of International Studies and Languages
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Natural Science Division 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as a Visiting Professor of Mathematics for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. by August 2022 in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, math education, or other related mathematical disciplines will be considered; in addition, candidates who have completed an M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience will be considered. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, mentoring of undergraduates, as well as their service to the university, their profession, 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 mathematics courses, including courses for business and science majors.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. The Department and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion. It is part of our institutional mission to teach and engage a diverse community of students. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to advancing these ideals.

Application review will begin on May 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/106436. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Dr. Kevin Iga (Kevin.Iga@pepperdine.edu)
Professor of Mathematics
Natural Science Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visiting Assistant Professor - Keck Scholar In Residence in Computer Science - Area of Machine Learning

The Natural Science Division of Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor - Keck Scholar in Residence - position for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or will receive a Ph.D. by July 2022) in computer science or other related computing discipline. We seek outstanding candidates with core expertise in machine learning to join a vibrant cross-disciplinary scientific community of faculty at Seaver College. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and research to both Pepperdine and our surrounding community. The newly created data science program invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable scholar in residence position in machine learning starting in August 2022. Applicants must display a strong publication record, as well as excellent teaching skills to prepare the new generation of data scientists.

As a scholar in residence, candidates should have the background and ability to teach a broad range of introductory and advanced computer science courses. Candidates will teach one class each semester (Fall and Spring) and engage in research and scholarly activities with colleagues and undergraduates. Candidates are expected to be able contribute to the development and implementation of the newly established data science minor. Candidates should also have an active and promising research 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, as well as to engage Pepperdine's Spiritual Community. Successful candidates must have a commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. We encourage applications from diverse candidates who will contribute to the growth and impact of Pepperdine University.

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/102204Review of candidates' files will begin March 1, 2022 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Contact:
Dr. Fabien Scalzo (fabien.scalzo@pepperdine.edu)
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
Natural Science Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4321

 Visiting Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biochemistry for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry or closely related discipline by August 2022 are desired; however, candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience will be considered. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and interacting with undergraduates.

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 biochemistry and other chemistry courses with associated laboratory curricula.  Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. The Department and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion. It is part of our institutional mission to teach and engage a diverse community of students. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to advancing these ideals.

Please submit application materials at: http://apply.interfolio.com/104059 .  Application review will begin on April 22, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required as a condition of employment.

Any inquiries about this position should be sent to:

Matt Joyner (matt.joyner@pepperdine.edu)
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Search Committee Chair
Natural Science Division, Seaver College
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in chemistry by August 2022 are desired; however, candidates who have completed an M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience will be considered. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and interacting with undergraduates.

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 organic chemistry courses with an associated laboratory curriculum. Candidates should also have an active and promising scholarly program. Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. The Department and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion. It is part of our institutional mission to teach and engage a diverse community of students. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to advancing these ideals.

Application review will begin on April 22, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at: http://apply.interfolio.com/104110 . A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Dr. Jane Ganske (jane.ganske@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Chemistry Search Committee
Natural Science Division, Seaver College
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related discipline by August 2022 are desired; however, candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience will be considered. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching and interacting with undergraduates.

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 organic chemistry courses with an associated laboratory curriculum. Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University and the mission of Seaver College. The Department and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion. It is part of our institutional mission to teach and engage a diverse community of students. We especially welcome applications from candidates who are committed to advancing these ideals.

Please submit all application materials at: http://apply.interfolio.com/104057 .  Application review will begin on April 22, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required as a condition of employment. Any inquiries about this position should be sent to:

Cecile Santos (cecile.santos@pepperdine.edu)
Visiting Professor of Organic Chemistry
Search Committee Chair
Natural Science Division, Seaver College
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine

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 for the 2022-2023 academic year.  With successful performance, the appointment may be renewed for subsequent academic years.  Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or in an equivalent field, with an emphasis in at least one of the recognized subdisciplines of the exercise sciences by July 2022 are desired; however, candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience in the exercise sciences will be considered.

Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in the exercise sciences, with demonstrated advanced preparation for teaching undergraduate coursework in two or more of the following areas: human anatomy, human physiology, neuromuscular adaptations to strength training, biostatistics/research methods, health and disease, health and fitness, or exercise psychology. Well-equipped exercise science laboratories are available for teaching. 

Successful candidates will 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

Please submit all application materials at: apply.interfolio.com/104951.  Application review will begin on April 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any inquiries about this position should be directed to:

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

 Religion and Philosophy Division

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 Social Science Division

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