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 2018-2019 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.

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 mission and heritage of the University. 

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 University is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that 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 who are active members in a Church of Christ congregation.


Business Administration Division

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 doctorate in organizational behavior or a related field. Candidates are expected to complete all requirements for the PhD. before the date of appointment, which begins August 1, 2018. A documented research interest in organizational behavior is required and teaching experience is preferred. While organizational behavior will be the main teaching assignment, the ability to teach occasionally in another management area or discipline is preferred.

The business program at Seaver College, is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). USA Today ranked 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 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 an enrollment of approximately 3,300 students. Please visit our website for more information at www.seaver.pepperdine.edu/business.

Please submit all application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/42906. A background check is required as a condition of employment.

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee:

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  

 Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetoric

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 Rhetoric and Communication. The successful candidate will teach courses in rhetorical theory, advocacy, and leadership, as well as additional courses in their area of research in the Communication Studies program primarily in the Rhetoric and Leadership emphasis. Developing students as global citizens with concern for communication ethics is at the center of our program's outcomes. An emphasis on innovative and interactive teaching as well as the ability to demonstrate rhetoric's centrality to a liberal arts education is highly desirable. An established record of strong research and teaching are also highly desired. Experience with institutional assessment and curriculum development is preferable. A Ph.D., in rhetoric or related discipline, is required; the successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. by August 1, 2018 when the position officially begins.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. All applicants must have an active commitment to the University's Christian mission and heritage and indicate that commitment in their application materials through a response to the Seaver College mission.

Please submit application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/46475. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, with a submittal deadline of November 22, 2017 for all applications.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr. Bert Ballard (bert.ballard@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Rhetoric and Communication Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211 

Assistant Professor of Communication-Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis

The Communication Division at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track appointment in Communication. The successful candidate will teach multiple sections of COM 180: Public Speaking and Rhetorical Analysis annually, as well as other courses in their area of expertise. An emphasis on innovative teaching is highly desirable, as is skill at assessment. An established research record in rhetoric or a related field is also required. The candidate must possess a Ph.D. by August 1, 2018 when the position begins.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. All applicants must have an active commitment to the University's Christian mission and heritage and indicate that commitment in their application materials through a response to the Seaver College mission. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Please submit application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/46487. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. For primary consideration, review of applications will begin November 1, 2017, and all materials must be received by December 8, 2017. Reference letter submissions are also encouraged by this date.

Contact:
Dr. Charles Choi (charles.choi@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Communication Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 

Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication

The Communication Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Integrated Marketing Communication to begin in August 2018. The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level, a clear research agenda, and will be actively involved in a Christian faith community.

The successful candidate will advise majors and be part of a highly selective interdisciplinary major. Applicants should bring teaching and research expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and courses integrating the three areas. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Communication or one of the above areas and be willing to collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines within the liberal arts college.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College, a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students, is situated in Malibu, Calif. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian mission and heritage of the University and indicate that commitment in their application materials through a response to the Seaver College mission. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/46551. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact:
Don Shores (don.shores@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Integrated Marketing Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Assistant Professor of Public Relations

The Communication Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position: Assistant Professor of Public Relations beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The successful candidate will be able to teach several basic and advanced level courses within our 100-plus student major, engage in active research, and provide professional and academic service. The ideal candidate will demonstrate professional experience, evidence of effective teaching, and a documented research interest in the field of public relations. The successful candidate also will show active concern for diversity/inclusion in their scholarship or practice. Additional responsibilities for this position may include co-advising student-run public relations organizations, serving as curriculum adviser for students, and building networks with agencies, nonprofit and government organizations, and alumni. A PhD in Communication, or a terminal degree in a related field, is required.

Pepperdine's undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,400 students situated in Malibu, Calif. All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian mission and heritage of the University and indicate that commitment in their application materials through a response to the Seaver College mission. We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including women and persons of color.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/46352 . A background check will be required as a condition of employment. For primary consideration, review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact:
Dr. Roslyn Satchel (roslyn.satchel@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Public Relations Search Committee
Communication Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 

 Fine Arts Division

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 Humanities and Teacher Education Division

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 International Studies and Languages

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 Natural Science Division 

 Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Exercise Science and Fitness

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 in the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or a related field by July 2018. Candidates with post-doctoral research experience are strongly preferred.

Successful candidates will actively contribute to a rigorous curriculum in the exercise sciences. Candidates must have demonstrated ability for teaching undergraduate coursework in two or more of the following areas: human anatomy, health fitness, neuromuscular adaptations to exercise, and research methods. Candidates are expected to establish a research program that involves undergraduate students. Current research interests in the department include vascular physiology, exercise and women's health, cognitive function and aging, and neural biology and exercise performance. Well-equipped biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior laboratories are available for teaching and research. Scholarly collaboration among sports medicine faculty as well as with faculty from other disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, computer science) is encouraged and supported.
Successful candidates also must demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission and tradition. 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 April 15, 2018 or until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/45175. A background check is required as a condition of employment.

Any inquiries about this position should be sent to:
Dr. Jeff Jasperse (jeffrey.jasperse@pepperdine.edu)
Program Coordinator for Sports Medicine
Pepperdine University, Seaver College
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263 

 Visiting Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Biomechanics

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Sports Medicine beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. With successful performance, the appointment is renewable for subsequent academic years. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or in an equivalent field, with an emphasis in biomechanics, by July 2018 are desired; however, candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience in biomechanics and functional anatomy/kinesiology will be considered.

Candidates must have demonstrated ability for teaching undergraduate coursework in biomechanics, functional anatomy, and human anatomy. A well-equipped biomechanics laboratory is available for teaching and research and opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty in sports medicine, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Candidates will be supported in using the laboratory facilities to engage undergraduate students in research in biomechanics and kinesiology.

Outstanding candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission (see seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/mission/ and www.pepperdine.edu/about/pepperdine/christiantradition/). 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/43289.  Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018, applications will be accepted until May 15, 2018 or until the position is filled.  A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Contact:

Dr. Michael Feltner (michael.feltner@pepperdine.edu)
Dean, Seaver College & Chair, Recruiting Committee
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine, Motor Behavior

Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for a one-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Sports Medicine beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year. For exceptional applicants and successful performance in this one-year position, there is the possibility of a tenure-track appointment beginning 8/1/2019. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology or in an equivalent field, with an emphasis in motor behavior, by July 2018 are desired; however, candidates who have completed a M.S. degree and have prior teaching experience in motor behavior will be considered.

Candidates must have demonstrated ability for teaching undergraduate coursework in motor control, motor learning, motor development, and research methods. A motor behavior laboratory is available for teaching and research and opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty in sports medicine and psychology. Candidates will be supported in using the laboratory facilities to engage undergraduate students in research in motor behavior.

Outstanding candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission (see seaver.pepperdine.edu/about/mission/ and www.pepperdine.edu/about/pepperdine/christiantradition/). 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.

Application review will begin on March 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/48630. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to:
Dr. Priscilla MacRae (priscilla.macrae@pepperdine.edu)
Professor of Sports Medicine
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
310-506-4162

 Religion and Philosophy Division 

Visiting Instructor of Religion 

The Religion and Philosophy Division of Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Visiting Instructor of Religion. Responsibilities of this full-time visiting faculty appointment will be restricted to teaching general education courses in the Old Testament and New Testament, and the possibility of one or two courses for undergraduate majors and graduate students in religion. Successful candidates should have at least completed course work for a Ph.D. in Old or New Testament. Preference will be given to those candidates who have a Ph.D. and previous teaching experience. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the Christian mission of the University, and membership in a Church of Christ. Women and minority candidates are encouraged 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. 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.

Application review will begin May 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials to: apply.interfolio.com/50268. A background will be required as a condition of employment.

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

Visiting Assistant Professor of American Politics

The Social Science Division of the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a one-semester non-tenure-track position in American politics beginning January 2018. Specialization is open, but candidates should be prepared to teach some combination of introductory and upper-level American politics courses for undergraduates. Candidates should have a PhD or be in the latter stages of a PhD program. The successful applicant will teach four courses during the spring semester, which ends on April 28, 2018. Pending satisfactory performance and the support of the Political Science faculty, the person filling the position may be reappointed to a full-time non-tenure-track appointment for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Applicants should provide a letter of application, a CV, three letters of reference, transcripts of all graduate work, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement indicating how the candidate will support the Christian mission and heritage of the University. (Copies of graduate transcripts are acceptable during the application process but must be replaced with official transcripts before hiring.) Materials should be submitted via the Interfolio link: apply.interfolio.com/46117.  A background check will be required as a conditon of employment.

Review of applicants will begin review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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

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 2018. We seek candidates with research or 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.

Please submit all application materials at apply.interfolio.com/43588. You will be asked to provide the following materials: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) three letters of reference, 4) official transcripts of all graduate work, 5) a statement of teaching philosophy, 6) a statement of research agenda, 7) evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as course evaluations, and 8) a response to the University's Christian mission . background check will be required as a condition of employment.  We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich the diversity of our faculty and who are committed to supporting an inclusive educational environment. Review of applicants will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact:

Dr. Robin Perrin (robin.perrin@pepperdine.edu)
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Social Science Division, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA  90263