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Assistant Professor of Advertising

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Feb 21, 2023

Job Details

The Communication Division of Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Advertising to begin August 2023. The ideal candidate will be committed to excellent undergraduate teaching, have a clear research agenda, and be active in a faith community. To be eligible for a tenure-track position, the successful candidate must hold a PhD in Advertising, Mass Communication, Marketing Communication, Communication, Computer Science, or a related field no later than August 1, 2023. The successful candidate should be able to teach two or more of the following: Introduction to Advertising, AI powered Advertising, Digital Strategy & Analytics in Advertising, Media Planning, Advertising Research, Advertising Campaign Management or Creative Digital Design. Along with possessing knowledge on the principles and foundations of advertising creativity, candidates must demonstrate teaching and research expertise in incorporating the art of persuasion into algorithm-based modern advertising from a computational and data analysis perspective. Candidates should be able to teach relevant theories/concepts and practical implementation of related technologies. Professional experience in the industry or scholarly research in the areas of digital analytics, algorithms and optimization, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and computer languages, and ethical issues in data-driven digital advertising would be beneficial. Scholars who are keen on conducting research in emerging issues in digital advertising, including but not limited to, algorithms and recommender systems, consumer-centered AI advertising, metaverse/augmented reality, etc., are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who aspire to collaborate with other disciplines (e.g, AI@Pepperdine, Computer Science, Business, IMC, PR, Arts,) to enrich advertising curriculum, advise students, oversee internships, improve curriculum, and advance the university, college, division, and programs through service are highly preferred. 

Pepperdine’s undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of more than 3,400 students situated in Malibu, California. It is affiliated with the churches of Christ and the Restoration tradition within Protestant Christianity.  All applicants must have an active commitment to the Christian mission and values of the University and the mission of Seaver College and reflect on their willingness to support the mission in their application materials.  We encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.  

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials by clicking [Apply on Website] at the top or bottom of this page or visit Seaver Faculty Employment Opportunities for additional information and a link to apply. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

For additional information, please contact:

Hoyoung Anthony Ahn, PhD  (
Chair, Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211



Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Engaging in unlawful discrimination or harassment will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context which celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. While students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse work force consistent with its stated goals and mission. 

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