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Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with experience
Start date
Sep 26, 2023

Job Details

The Communication Division at the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University invites applications for a visiting appointment in Communication Studies beginning in January 2024. Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of just over 3,500 students situated in Malibu, California. The successful candidate will teach courses in introductory statistics, quantitative research methods, organizational communication, and/or public speaking. We seek a colleague who will contribute to the student’s whole person, and particularly their awareness of the interconnectedness between self, others, and calling; understanding of communication systems to foster justice; skills for analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting messages; ability to communicate competently across differences and contexts; and their ability to engage in ethical dialogue.

Support for the university’s Christian mission, liberal arts programs, and emphasis on innovative teaching is essential. The College is committed to hiring candidates who advance the University’s commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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. 

A Master’s degree in communication is required, a Ph.D. in communication is preferred. The initial appointment will be from January through July 2024. 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. Review of applicants will begin October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

For additional information, please contact:
Lauren Amaro (
Chair, Communication Studies Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211 



Pepperdine University

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 3,550 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. Pepperdine pursues the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that 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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