Benton has referred to Pepperdine as "the answering place,"
a place where sincere minds come to find answers to many of life's
most difficult questions and to gain the knowledge and experience
that will serve them for the rest of their lives. To keep Pepperdine
on the edge of what is current and vital, the faculty conducts research
and keeps abreast of advancements in their fields of expertise.
In addition, every year new faculty members are sought who can expand
our regular course offerings with new thought and unique experience.
This year the University welcomed more than thirty new or returning
former faculty members. The following is offered as highlights of
some of the new people at Pepperdine and also some of the achievements
of present faculty.
At the School of Law, Doug Kmiec rejoins the faculty after
two years as dean of Catholic University School of Law. He holds
the Caruso Family Chair in Law, and his area of expertise is constitutional
law. David Davenport, sixth president of Pepperdine University,
joins us from the Hoover Institution. He will teach in the law school
and also serve as distinguished professor of Public Policy and Law
at the School of Public Policy.
Also at the School of Public Policy, Angela Hawken comes
to us with a Ph.D. from Rand Graduate School. Choosing Pepperdine
over other prestigious institutions, Professor Hawken will teach
statistics and research methods, and has a special interest in the
economic impact of AIDS in Africa and Russia. Bruce Herschensohn
has begun a new relationship with the School of Public Policy, serving
as a senior fellow of public policy after several years of service
in teaching and advising capacities.
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology welcomed Eugene
Kim as a professor of education. Professor
Kim has studied teachers' values in China and compares his studies
with similar work in the United States. Gerardo Canul joined
the psychology division of GSEP as a professor of cross-cultural
psychology. Professor Canul received his Ph.D. from Washington State
The Graziadio School of Business and Management welcomed Karen
E. Schnietz as assistant professor of management. She received
her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and was
assistant professor at
the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Gwendolyn
Whitfield joined the Graziadio School
as an associate professor of strategy. She earned her Ph.D. from
Western Michigan University.
Sharon Clarke was among the new faculty welcomed to Seaver
College. She is assistant professor of mathematics and comes to
us with a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. After a distinguished
career at University of Illinois at Chicago, Don Marshall
assumes the Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books.
Israel Rodriguez, director of Hispanic Affairs at Seaver,
was selected to serve on the board of the Region I Homeland Security
Advisory Council (H-SAC). The mission of H-SAC is to provide direct
interaction among senior executives from industry and the community
with law enforcement and public safety services in support of homeland
security, civil protection, and critical infrastructure protection.
Seaver College Alumni Career Program Manager Greta Couper
was the recipient of three awards in Alumni Relations and Career
Services at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
2002 District VII Conference in Anaheim, California.
Vice Chancellor Larry Hornbaker retired in December 2002
after serving the University for more than thirty-three years. He
arrived at Pepperdine in 1969 shortly before the initiative for
the Malibu campus was begun. He was an important part of the effort
to raise funds for the building of the campus.
At the Annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Dinner on April 5, 2003,
the "Employee of the Year" award was given to John
E. Baker, communications facilitator at GSEP in West Los Angeles.
He has staffed the front desk at GSEP for twelve years, during which
time he has provided administrative support with a smile and a consistent
willingness to help.
James Q. Wilson, author of several influential works on
the nature of human morality, government, and criminal justice issues,
received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George
W. Bush in a White House ceremony on July 23, 2003. The award is
the nation's highest civil honor. Wilson currently serves as the
Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine's School
of Public Policy. He has enjoyed a long career in public policy
and has held professorships at both Harvard and UCLA.
In March, the Honorable Sam Alito, judge for the United
States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, was the distinguished jurist-in-residence
at the School of Law. He lectured in several classes on topics including
"Domestic Response to Terrorism and the Constitution"
and "How Judges Make Decisions and What Influences Them."