As the provost Darryl Tippens is Pepperdine University's chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, as well as the University libraries. The provost reports directly to the president and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, assessment, and the advancement of scholarship.
In addition to the five schools of the University, the following areas report to the provost: the vice provost for academic administration; information technology; the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research; strategic planning; the Center for Faith and Learning; the Office of Disability Services; the Office of Sponsored Programs; and the University registrar/One Stop.Phone: 310.506.4261
Dr. Darryl Tippens has been a scholar, instructor, and professor for over 30 years. Prior to joining Pepperdine University as provost in 2001, he was the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English and director of Graduate Studies in English at Abilene Christian University. He has also served as chair of the Division of Language and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University.
Tippens received his PhD from Louisiana State University and did postdoctoral study at Yale University, University of Kansas, University of Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University. His academic interests include Shakespeare studies, 17th-century English literature, and spirituality and literature. He has published articles on Shakespeare, Milton, and the Bible as literature, and is coeditor of Shadow and Light, an anthology of literature. His most recent book is Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life.