Pepperdine University (Seaver)

Malibu, California United States


    July 13, 2022
    September 14, 2022

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 Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) to begin August 2023.

The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level, a clear research agenda, and be actively involved in a faith community. Candidates must have professional experience in developing and implementing marketing strategies as part of IMC campaigns. They must demonstrate expertise in using digital and traditional media channels. Teaching responsibilities will include beginning and intermediate-level integrated marketing courses, direct and digital marketing, as well as the possibility of additional courses in the candidate’s area of research. In addition to expected teaching and scholarly responsibilities, candidates who seek to advise students, supervise internships, enrich curricula, assist with co-curricular programs (AMA/Student IMC Agency), and advance the university, college, division, and programs through service are especially desired. Documented teaching and research expertise in one or a combination of the following areas is required: Integrated Marketing Communication, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, or Digital Analytics. Candidates should be well-versed in the intersections between these areas. To be eligible for a tenure-track position, candidates must have an earned doctorate in Communication, Marketing or a related field no later than August 1, 2023. Professional experience in the industry including special skills related to digital analytics, social media analytics, videography and/or Web or App design and development would be beneficial. 

Pepperdine’s undergraduate Seaver College is a residential liberal arts college of approximately 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 September 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials by clicking [Apply Now]. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.  

Sarah Fischbach, PhD (
Chair, Search Committee
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4211

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • A letter of application
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • Three current letters of reference. All letters should be specific to the position and completed within one year prior to the date of submission. The name and email address for each individual providing a letter of recommendation is required when submitting an application.
  • Transcripts of all graduate work (Unofficial copies are acceptable for the application; however, official transcripts may be required for selected applicants.)
  • Teaching statement. The teaching statement should reflect on the candidate’s values, beliefs, and goals regarding the teaching and learning process and any pedagogical practices used or envisioned to achieve these goals. Two to three pages maximum length is requested.
  • Scholarly/Creative agenda. The statement should outline applicants’ short- and long-term objectives and goals for their research and/or creative activities. Candidates should reflect on currently published or presented work(s) as a foundation for the statement. Two to three pages maximum length is requested.
  • Response to Mission. Pepperdine University’s mission statement declares that we are a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. 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. In pursuit of its mission, Pepperdine reserves the right to recruit and hire persons who richly embrace the goals and Christian mission of the University.

    At Seaver College, the undergraduate college of letters, arts, and science at Pepperdine, our faith calls us to uphold the highest standards of academic and scholarly excellence. To achieve this goal, the college’s mission statement affirms that we are a Christian college where each student is a person of infinite dignity and their total development is centered at the heart of our educational enterprise. Arising from our faith, we commit to pursue truth relentlessly in all disciplines, fully confident that it has nothing to fear from investigation.

    Candidates should thoughtfully reflect on the Christian missions of Pepperdine University and Seaver College and address the following areas in their response.

    – A consistent pattern of support for generally accepted Christian values and the mission of Pepperdine University.
    – Active participation in a community of faith.
    – Either current practice or vision for integrating faith and learning in the classroom. 

Depending on the position, the search committee may request that additional materials accompany the application (e.g., prior teaching evaluations, portfolio of scholarly work, etc.)