The success of any university can be measured most effectively by the people it attracts. This year, Pepperdine welcomed 42 faculty members across all five schools. Each professor possesses unique talents and gifts, a commitment to uphold the highest academic standards, and a common purpose to serve and empower students.
Seaver College welcomed four new members to its exceptional faculty in the Religion Division. Dyron Daughrity comes to Pepperdine as an assistant professor after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. He was awarded four research scholarships by the Disciples of Christ (Canada), and his Ph.D. dissertation has been accepted for publication. A book chapter and four scholarly articles have been published by Dryon as well.
(l. to r.) Vassilis Polimenis, John Struloeff, Kindalee DeLong, Jordan Smith, Caleb Clanton, John Peterson
Kindalee DeLong (Seaver '87, '94) returns to her alma mater after receiving a presidential fellowship and a graduate fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her Ph.D. Kindalee has several years of work experience at Pepperdine, including serving as the coordinator of the Christian Higher Education Project. Prior to her new appointment as assistant professor, she served as an adjunct and visiting instructor at Seaver.
Seaver College also welcomed home Chris Doran (Seaver '98, '02) as an assistant professor of religion. With a Ph.D. in religion from Graduate Theological Union, Chris is the cofounder and president of the Faith and Education Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to members of Churches of Christ. He brings four years of teaching experience as a summer adjunct faculty member at Seaver.
Rounding out the new additions to the Religion Division is Raymond Carr (Seaver '00). Currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union, Raymond served as the speaker at Seaver College's 2001 baccalaureate ceremony and was also a lecturer at the 63rd Annual Bible Lectures at Pepperdine in 2006. He served as an adjunct instructor at Seaver for six years and was appointed a visiting instructor in the spring of 2007.
Seaver College's Social Science Division is thrilled to have added three outstanding professors to its faculty. Coming to the division as an associate professor of economics, Jonathan Burke brings several years of teaching experience from academic institutions including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Jonathan earned his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has authored several published scholarly articles and has written his own textbooks.
Theodore Gardner (GSEP '01) joins the division as an assistant professor of psychology after having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Theodore received a predoctoral research fellowship training award from the National Institute of Mental Health and served as an intern at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at Wasatch Mental Health. Additionally, he taught at the University of Oregon.
Also coming on board as an assistant professor of psychology is Davis Brimberg, who after earning her Ph.D. from Yeshiva University, participated in a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She brings prior teaching experience from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and California State University, Los Angeles.
The Seaver College Business Administration Division welcomed Andrei Duta as an assistant professor of organizational behavior/management. Having earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, Andrei is the founder and president of His Little Ones, Inc. Andrei previously taught at Montgomery College and Texas A&M University.
Vassilis Polimenis joins the Business Division as an associate professor of finance. Vassilis earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has written a number of journal articles in addition to several conference presentations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He comes with teaching experience from the Wharton School and the University of California, Riverside.
Cheryl Peterson is a welcome addition to the Natural Science Division of Seaver College as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. Having earned her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, Cheryl has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the NASA/Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellow award. She brings teaching experience from Claremont McKenna College; California State University, Channel Islands; and Texas Tech University.
Rie Sasaki joins the Natural Science Division as a visiting assistant professor of sports medicine. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Rie was the recipient of a 2006 American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship. She has many research interests, including cardiovascular physiology and gender physiology. She has previous teaching experience from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
(standing l. to r.) Hilary Reed, Keli Finnerty, Andrei Duta (kneeling l. to r.) Cheryl Peterson, Theodore Gardner, Jonathan Burke
The Humanities and Teacher Education Division is pleased to welcome several new faculty members to their exceptional cadre of professors. Damian Jenkins (Seaver '93, '98) comes home to Pepperdine as a visiting instructor of teacher education while pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Damian has served as an adjunct instructor at Seaver College for nine years and is currently a research fellow of the Center for Literacy Inquiry Networking Communities.
Caleb Clanton joins the excellent philosophy faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to Seaver from Vanderbilt University, where as a student he earned his Ph.D., and as a professor he earned several teaching awards, including Pi Beta Phi and Lotus Eaters Sophomore Honorary's Most Outstanding Professor. Caleb has authored an original manuscript and four scholarly articles.
Joining the division in the English department are three outstanding individuals. John Struloeff, assistant professor of creative writing, has just completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, serving as the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellow. In addition to his time at Stanford, John brings teaching experience from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
While Stephen Parmelee, (Seaver '74, '83) was recently named an assistant professor of English, his relationship with Pepperdine goes back many years. He has served for 15 years as a visiting instructor at Seaver College, where he has assisted in the curriculum development of English courses. Stephen has also been active in the development and administration of the film studies major in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division.
John Peterson offers his expertise as a visiting instructor of composition while earning his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, where his area of interest includes American comparative literature. John has teaching experience from Mt. San Antonio College; University of California, Riverside; and University of Redlands.
Seaver College Communication Division welcomed a handful of outstanding new members to its fellowship of communication professionals. Keli Finnerty (Seaver '03) joins the team as an assistant professor of communication after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Additionally, Keli served as both a teaching associate and research associate at the University of Arizona.
Sarah Stone-Watt, assistant professor of communication, earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. She has received several debate honors and has served as the debate coach at the Wyoming Forensics Institute, University of Wyoming, and Marist College. She previously taught at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wyoming.
In the area of public relations, Valerie Terry comes to the division as an assistant professor. With a Ph.D. from Purdue University, Valerie traveled to the Republic of Kazakhstan as a Fulbright Scholar, and has twice been a U.S. State Department international grant participant. She has prior teaching experience from several universities, including Boston University and Purdue University.
The Communication Division also welcomed three visiting instructors to enhance its outstanding programs. Samantha Barrientos (Seaver '05) returns to Pepperdine as a visiting instructor of communication after earning her master's degree in speech communication from the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest include interpersonal conflict, relational communication, and intercultural communication. She previously taught at the University of Georgia.
Kristen Reid (Seaver '01, '03), returns to her alma mater as a visiting instructor of communication. Kristen has worked in various institutions at both the high school and university level as a debate instructor and coach. She comes to Seaver with previous teaching experience from Westmont College.
Kristine Clancy, visiting instructor of debate, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Kristine has made numerous conference presentations and won the Top Paper award at the National Communication Association Conference in 2005. She has previous teaching experience from California State University, Long Beach and Purdue University.
(standing l. to r.) William LaFitte, Dyron Daughrity, Robert Anderson, Grant Nelson (seated l. to r.) John R. Folkeson, Jr., Davis Brimberg
The Fine Arts Division was pleased to add three theatre professors to its reputable program. Benoit Beauchamp comes to the program as a visiting assistant professor of theatre after having earned an M.F.A. in theatre design from California Institute of the Arts. Benoit has several years of theatre experience and brings teaching practice from Stony Brook University and California Institute of the Arts.
A. Bryan Humphrey also joins the theatre department as a visiting assistant professor of theatre. Bryan has a master of divinity from Southwestern Seminary and a master's in directing from Baylor University. He has authored four adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and has previous teaching experience from Ohio University, Baylor University, and University of Northern Colorado.
Welcomed into the department as a visiting instructor of theatre, Bill Szobody has choreographed shows at Pepperdine, UCLA, and on Broadway, and is the director of Pepperdine's Dance in Flight. In 1998, Bill won Broadway's Fred Astaire Dance Award for Best Ensemble. He has previously served as an adjunct instructor at Seaver College and also teaches at UCLA.
The International Studies and Languages Division welcomed three new professors to its distinguished faculty. Jordan Smith joins the division as a visiting instructor of Asian studies. While currently pursuing his Ph.D. from UCLA, Jordan has received numerous fellowships to conduct research in Japan and Peru. He brings teaching experience from schools in Korea and Japan as well as UCLA and California State University, Long Beach.
The foreign languages area has brought in Christie Culp (Seaver '02) as a visiting instructor of Italian. Christie earned a master's degree in Italian literature from UCLA, where her areas of interest included Italian theatre and the portrayal of religion in literature. She has previous teaching experience from UCLA.
Completing appointments in the International Studies and Languages Division is Tiffany Powell, visiting assistant professor of Spanish. Having earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic literature from The University of Texas at Austin, Tiffany has conducted research in several locations abroad, including Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, and Mexico. She brings teaching experience from UCLA, Emory University, Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, and The University of Texas at Austin.
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Pepperdine's highly esteemed Graziadio School of Business and Management was successful once again in recruiting several high caliber professors to its already impressive faculty lineup. John Buckingham was welcomed as a practitioner faculty to teach marketing and strategy from his wealth of experience serving as a senior level executive for many years. He has served as an adjunct professor at both Pepperdine and UCI.
John Durand (Seaver '03, Graziadio '06) was welcomed home to the Graziadio School as a practitioner faculty. John is president and CEO of SUMMA Marketing, Inc., an agency providing marketing, creative, and technical services to growing and start-up businesses. John has previous experience as a lecturer for courses in the Fully Employed MBA program and the B.S.M. program at Pepperdine.
John R. Folkeson, Jr., was brought on as a practitioner faculty to teach decision science to undergraduates and MBA students. He is a retired senior analyst from the RAND Corporation and he also enjoyed a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a logistics analyst. John earned an MBA from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston.
(standing l. to r.) Samantha Barrientos, Luisa Blanco Raynal, John Durand , Amy Tuttle (seated l. to r.) Maretno Agus Harjoto, Valerie Terry
Ronald D. Ford has been appointed the director of executive education for the Graziadio School. With a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, Ron is the CEO of St. Clair Entertainment, one of the leading independent providers of video and audio entertainment. Ron has executive-level experience in several industries, including real estate funds, printing and publishing, and private equity.
Maretno Agus Harjoto (Augus) joins the highly-ranked school as an assistant professor of finance. Augus comes with previous teaching experience from San Jose State University, where he received the Dean's Academic Research Award, the Graduate Teaching Award, and early promotion to associate professor. His area of expertise is asset and liability management.
H. Lynn Newman joins the school as practitioner faculty after having worked as an organization consultant in private practice. Lynn has been a facilitator, instructor, and lecturer at several quality universities, including USC, University of Michigan, and Harvard Business School. She has publications in the areas of organizational change and action research continuum, and earned her Ph.D. from the Marshall School of Business at USC.
The Graziadio School was thrilled to appoint Abraham Park as assistant professor of finance. Abraham brings with him an impressive educational background, including a master's in public policy from Harvard University; a J.D. from UC Berkeley; and a Ph.D. in real estate finance from Cambridge University. Abraham has vast experience in the business world, including serving as a top manager for a Silicon Valley company during the tech boom.
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Pepperdine's prestigious and highly acclaimed Graduate School of Education and Psychology announced four appointments this year. Thema Bryant-Davis, assistant professor of psychology, earned her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her active research interests include the cultural context of trauma recovery for people of African descent, and other areas that integrate her understanding of, and experience in, psychology, theology, and culture. Thema previously served as an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach.
GSEP was delighted to appoint Eric Hamilton to the role of associate dean for the Education Division. Having earned his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Northwestern University, Eric is one of the leading authorities in America on the reform of mathematics education. He is currently director of the USAF Academy Center for research on learning and teaching. Eric previously taught at Loyola University of Chicago.
Currently completing his Ph.D. from Alliant International University, William O. LaFitte (GSEP '82) was recently appointed to the role of research consultant in psychology, where he will assist GSEP with dissertation and presentation methodology. William has been part of the adjunct and visiting faculty at GSEP since 1985.
Rounding out the depth of expertise among new faculty at GSEP is Amy R. Tuttle, who was named assistant professor of psychology. She has taught in the California State University system for more than three years and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Amy maintains a clinical practice serving disadvantaged youth, and teaches children in the religious education department at her church.
School of Law
Pepperdine's acclaimed School of Law successfully appointed four new members to its diversely talented faculty. With a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, associate professor Robert Anderson's primary research interests are in corporate and securities law, positive political theory of the judiciary, and quantitative and empirical approaches to law.
(standing l. to r.) Tiffany Powell, Abraham Park, Sarah Stone-Watt, Herb Cihak (seated l. to r.) Chris Doran, Kristine Clancy
Appointed professor and associate dean, Herbert E. Cihak comes to Pepperdine with a J.D. from the University of Nebraska. His previous service includes posts as director of the law library and professor of law at the University of Missouri, the University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Grant Nelson comes to Pepperdine as the William H. Rehnquist Professor of Law. Having earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, Grant was professor of law at UCLA, where he received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Additionally, Grant is coauthor of 14 books and author of 35 law review articles and book chapters.
Hilary Stirman Reed (SOL '04), returns to her alma mater as an assistant professor after many years of experience in the Adversarial Department and Bankruptcy Group at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Additionally, she was a Blackstone Fellow at the Liberty Legal Institute in Texas and a National Merit Scholar at ACU.
School of Public Policy
Pepperdine's esteemed School of Public Policy was pleased to announce the addition of Luisa Blanco Raynal as an assistant professor. Louisa earned an MBA from Midwestern State University and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Oklahoma before teaching courses at University of Oklahoma in macroeconomics theory. Her research interests focus on policy making in Latin American countries.