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Pepperdine University announces the openings for these positions in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP).


Education Division


The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Associate Dean of the Education Division. The associate dean will provide administrative support to the dean of the school, work closely with the dean to ensure academic excellence and innovation in graduate education, and contribute to advancing the dean’s vision for the school that aligns with the mission of the school and the university. A strong commitment to educational excellence and curricular innovation is required particularly as it relates to technological innovation and online education.

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience leading organizational change, promoting academic and pragmatic scholarship, and managing a local, regional, and national accreditation process. Experience setting strategic direction and guiding multiple groups of stakeholders to identified goals is expected. The Associate Dean will oversee program reviews, curriculum/program development and assessment, and implementation of academic and university policies as applicable to students, faculty, and staff. They will participate in recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty and assist with faculty evaluations.  The associate dean will participate in teaching, research, and service and provide leadership and support to efforts that promote faculty excellence. They will be responsible for promoting, directing and supporting the school’s Professional Development School while building and maintaining external relationships with local school districts and other stakeholders. Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with effective teamwork, consensus building, organizational skills, and a strong command of technology is required.

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. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine has five campuses in Southern California and facilities in London, England; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Shanghai, China; Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Education Division’s primary offices are located in West Los Angeles, California. It presently delivers 11 academic degree programs including master’s degrees, Doctor of Education degrees, and a new Doctor of Philosophy degree in Global Leadership and Change. Preparation for the California teaching credentials is also provided. The division has 23 full-time faculty members and numerous adjuncts that serve 1501 graduate students. For more information, please consult the University’s website: http://www.gsep.pepperdine.edu


Minimum qualifications include an earned terminal degree in a discipline represented within the school, credentials appropriate for appointment to faculty rank of associate or full professor, and demonstrated experience as department chair, program director, or related academic leadership experience.  Demands of the position require understanding of mission and scope of a comprehensive higher educational institution; the ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and collaborative manner; the ability to understand and work across a diversity of disciplines; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; demonstrated problem solving ability; and familiarity or ability to work with budgets and budgeting in the academic setting. 


Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience.


This position will remain open until filled. Cover letters, CV’s, a Statement of Faith, and a Philosophy of Education essay should be submitted electronically via email: GSEP Dean's Office


Adjunct Faculty for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Applications are invited for adjunct faculty position at The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University.

GSEP is seeking accomplished educators with substantive knowledge and experience in the field of teaching and learning. Face-to-face sessions are offered at the West Los Angeles, Irvine, Encino, and Westlake Village Graduate Campuses. Online teaching occurs in Courses powered by Sakai and engages students in synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Preparation of interactive presentations for quality face-to-face and online teaching;
  • Response to student inquiries in a timely manner;
  • Provision of substantive and ongoing feedback to students;
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the quality of teaching in the program;
  • Attendance at adjunct faculty meetings
  • Travel as required to campus and other locations as needed.

The ideal candidates will:

  • Possess a Master's Degree (Doctorate Preferred). Some courses require a teaching credential.
  • Demonstrate experience in multiple and diverse settings;
  • Understand the development of praxis in teaching, learning technologies, and education;
  • Model cultural proficiency and commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice;
  • Value a student-centered approach to the teaching and learning processes;
  • Engage students through rich use of technology in online learning environments.

Our students represent the diverse mosaic of Southern California, with over forty percent of our student body from ethnic minority populations. Pepperdine places a high priority on sustaining a multi-culturally competent faculty and encourages applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to diversity at Pepperdine. Pepperdine University is an independent Christian university related to the Churches of Christ, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter indicating your area of expertise/current credential(s) held, courses you are interested in teaching, and campuses in which you would like to be considered.
  2. Curriculum Vitae

All materials must be submitted online at: gsepedadjunct@pepperdine.edu.

All applications are submitted into an ongoing adjunct pool. You will be contacted if your qualifications meet our current openings.


Psychology Division

Currently there are no available positions at this time.


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