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Assistant Professor of Sport Administration

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with Experience
Start date
Oct 13, 2023

Job Details

Pepperdine University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration, beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Sport Management, Sport Administration, Sport Marketing or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education by the date of appointment, which is August 1, 2024.

The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate level in Sport Administration, including: Sport Event and Facilities Management; Sport Marketing; and Sport Sponsorship and Sales; and other required courses as needed. In these classes, the successful candidate will blend theory with practice, preparing students to successfully enter the competitive sport business field upon graduation. We seek a professor who can excite students with real-world examples, timely case studies and learning experiences providing the opportunity to apply theory to relevant problem sets. Documented teaching experience in the area of Sport Administration is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will mentor and advise undergraduate Sport Administration students academically and professionally and may be called on to assist in overseeing the curriculum component of student internships. Thus, preference will be granted to candidates with professional experience or established professional relationships in the sport industry. A demonstrated passion for developing sport industry opportunities for students inside and outside of the classroom is strongly prioritized.

Documented research interest and teaching experience in the area of Sport Administration are required. 

As part of a University focused on preparing students for lives of purpose, service and leadership, Seaver College prioritizes exceptional teaching. Candidates must be student-centric, organized individuals who through clear communication can invigorate student learning in the classroom and develop the next generation of ethical sport industry leaders. The successful candidate is someone excited about utilizing their knowledge and professional experience to inspire students towards paths of service leadership and purposeful excellence.

Pepperdine’s undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of approximately 3,550 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 Pepperdine University's Christian mission 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.  

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 continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

For additional information, please contact:

Alicia Jessop, Esq. (
Chair, 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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