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Pepperdine University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP).

The successful candidate will build upon the rich history of the school to promote a learning community fostering academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service, and personal fulfillment.

As the chief executive of a school containing education and psychology, the dean will hold a commitment to broad social issues, with an appreciation for all levels of research in both education and psychology. The dean works with faculty and staff to oversee strategic planning and the general operation that aligns with the Pepperdine 2020 strategic plan.

Headquartered on the west side of Los Angeles, graduate students attend classes on campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Encino, Westlake Village, and Malibu. The school has approximately 50 full-time faculty, 110 adjuncts, most of whom are active practitioners in their professions, and a staff of 48. The school is mission-based, committed to serving mid-career professionals in particular, with a scholar-practitioner emphasis.

With an earned doctorate in education, psychology, or a related discipline, the dean should have informed interests in academic, business, civic, health, and religious institutions, as well as an interest in both public and private education. The dean should support creative uses of technology, both as an instructional and communication tool, and have a global perspective that includes an appreciation for multicultural systems.

The dean must have a strong interest in marketing, enrollment management, and advancement. The academic leadership of GSEP requires a strong awareness of organizational issues and an ability to weave a variety of faculty interests into a cohesive whole. The dean must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Pepperdine University is a Christian university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The institution is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. The University maintains a vital relationship with the Churches of Christ. The successful candidate will be prepared to advance the Christian mission of the University and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Preference will be given to candidates who are active members of the Churches of Christ.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and include a curriculum vita to:



Price Harding
(678) 448-0015

Bill Peterson
(678) 448-0013

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Pepperdine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines recognize the right of church-related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution, including the right to select members of the church to which the institution is related.