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Margaret J. Weber - Pepperdine GSEP

"We strive to educate the whole person, in both intellect and spirit."

Dr. Margaret Weber, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) and professor of Education, brings to Pepperdine a distinguished background in research, teaching, and administration.

Since joining GSEP in 2001, Weber has focused on faculty development and program innovation in order to create a community of learning and environment of achievement. "GSEP holds a unique leadership position in higher education through our unwavering commitments to academic excellence, the student experience, and community partnerships," said Weber.  "We strive to educate the whole person, in both intellect and spirit."

Weber was formerly associate dean of Oklahoma State University's College of Human Environmental Sciences.  As a scholar, she has published articles on topics such as multicultural leadership and diversity, the definition of scholarship, mentorship, the socialization of graduate students, and the value of investment in faculty.

Weber asserts that GSEP is dedicated to exemplifying and providing inspiration for change: "Preparing students to become educational leaders in their communities is a cornerstone of the GSEP mission."

Weber provided insight on pursuing a graduate degree during a recession for an article on the front page of the "Jobs" section in the Los Angeles Times. She said, "Historically, graduate school has always been a popular option during times of economic turmoil. The silver lining in a situation like this is that one has the opportunity to reevaluate his or her position, and determine whether the goal is to retool his or her skill set to advance in a current career, provide added value, and assure job security; or to develop a brand new career centered on a lifelong hobby or passion. In the latter case, graduate school is especially useful for getting a foot in the door in an untried field."