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Graduate School of Education and Psychology Dean Search

Pepperdine University is seeking a new dean for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology to succeed Helen Easterling Williams who concluded her appointment as the school's dean on July 31, 2022. Following a sabbatical, Williams will begin a period of service to the University as a vice chancellor before returning to the GSEP faculty.

Search Milestones

  • December 2022 | Publish position profile
  • March–April 2023 | Identify and interview the first round of applicants
  • March–April 2023 | Deliberate and recommend three to five finalists, approved by the provost and president, for campus interviews
  • April 2023 | Complete finalist interviews
  • April–June 2023 | Provost and president review finalist evaluations and select top candidate

Search Committee


  • Jay Brewster, Chair, Provost
  • Dennis Lowe, Co-Chair, GSEP Professor
  • Seta Khajarian, Co-Chair, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment 

Committee Members

  • Tim Perrin, Vice President for Strategic Implementation
  • Michael Feltner, Dean, Seaver College
  • Michelle Blas, Senior Director of Student Success
  • Robert deMayo, Associate Dean, Professor of Psychology
  • Drew Erhardt, Professor of Psychology
  • Eric Hamilton, Professor of Education and Technology 
  • Stephen Kirnon, Program Director, Social Entrepreneurship and Change
  • Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, Associate Professor of Education
  • LaTonya Wood, Director of Clinical Training – PsyD Program


Pepperdine retained the executive search firm CarterBaldwin to assist the GSEP Dean Search Committee. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (which include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae) should be directed in confidence to pepperdineGSEP@carterbaldwin.com

Community Notice

In order to protect the privacy of candidates, the search process itself will be strictly confidential. However, the search committee welcomes comments and thoughts from members of the Pepperdine community on the qualities and qualifications they feel are important for the University's next dean of the Graziadio Business School to possess. In light of the importance of this appointment, we hope that the members of our community will share their concerns and preferences so that we may take them into consideration as we interview candidates. Please email feedback to the committee at deansearchgsep2023@pepperdine.edu.