Waves of Innovation II

As Pepperdine looks to the future and strives to make its educational and student experience even better, and its operation more agile, efficient, and sustainable, it is turning to its community for their help and ideas. The University has embarked on its 2nd annual Waves of Innovation initiative to inspire, engage, and motivate faculty, staff, and students to re-think Pepperdine, to share their innovative ideas and help shape its future.

Participation is easy. Simply fill out a short form and share your idea (or ideas). Successful submissions will be eligible to move into Phase II and receive development grants to help them take their proposals to the next level of completion. Phase II winners will receive additional funding to facilitate expansion and implementation of selected concepts.

Last year's winners were awarded over $448,000. The bottom line...the most innovative ideas, those with the greatest potential impact, will be rewarded.

Applications for Waves of Innovation II are now closed.
Applications for Waves of Innovation III are welcome beginning spring 2016.


Waves of Innovation - Announcements

Waves of Innovation II Winners

Winners of Pepperdine's Waves of Innovation II were announced at the Waves of Innovation Talks Thursday, Feb. 5, at Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

Six finalists presented their ideas to President Benton and the Waves of Innovation Committee and three were awarded substantial grants to implement their ideas. The next round of submissions are due spring 2016.

Winners include:

The Financial Literacy Initiative
 – $109,239 award and a $1,500 Audience Choice Award
Derek Stoutland (Seaver College, student)

A proposal that seeks to educate young adults on the foundational concepts of personal finance. The goal is to instill a sense of financial competency in Pepperdine students through instruction and coaching on the practical applications of money management.

Center for Women in Leadership 
– $148,769 award
Bernice Ledbetter (Graziadio School of Business and Management, faculty)
Regan Harwell Schaffer (Seaver College Business Administration Division, faculty)
Lauren Cosentino (Chief Officer, Human Resources and Insurance and Risk, staff)
Alexandra Marmion Roosa (Director, Research and Sponsored Programs, staff)
Kerri Heath (Senior Advancement Officer, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, staff)

A proposal for a collaborative pilot initiative between the Seaver College Business Administration Division, Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Pepperdine University Human Resources to develop a Center for Women in Leadership. The goal motivating this initiative is to establish Pepperdine as a premier university for women who aspire to be leaders in their countries, communities, and organizations while taking full advantage of the growing number of women entering business programs. This would allow the opportunity to respond to this trend of women's increased interest in business education.

Developing, Launching, and Implementing a New Degree Program: Master of Science in Applied Analytics
 – $150,000 award
Mark Chun, (Graziadio School of Business and Management, faculty)

With an anticipated demand in 2018 for nearly half a million industry professionals who possess skills and competencies in business analytics, the faculty members of Decision Sciences and the Information Systems and Technology Management disciplines intend to launch an interdisciplinary program that provides an applied/practice‐oriented program focused on educating analysts with strong technical and quantitative skills. This program will provide students with deep analytical training to make informed evidenced‐based decisions in business.


Successful submissions were evaluated on their potential to increase the net resources available to support Pepperdine and/or to improve the University's reputation, and received grants up to $4,000 to help them prepare a complete proposal for Phase II. Phase II provides additional funding to facilitate expansion and implementation of selected concepts.

The Committee also evaluated submissions specifically on their potential to:

  • Enhance teaching and learning, foster scholarly and creative activity
  • Create new revenue opportunities through increased enrollment, new programs, community involvement, or collaboration with corporations and industry
  • Streamline our organization, physical plant, and operating processes
  • Strengthen the Pepperdine University "brand" and reputation

Waves of Innovation III

Waves of Innovation III will begin accepting applications in spring 2016, with the deadline in fall 2016. Please contact us with questions.

innovation@pepperdine.edu or call the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at 310-506-4501.

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