Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry (tenure-track)

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 27, 2021

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Pepperdine University’s Seaver College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, located in Malibu, California, invites applications for an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants who have completed a Ph.D. by August 2022 in organic chemistry or a closely related discipline will be considered. Well-qualified candidates will be able to contribute to the excellence and vibrancy of the Pepperdine experience through their teaching, research, mentoring of undergraduates, as well as their service to the university, their profession, and our surrounding community.

As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College (, candidates should demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates should have the background and ability to teach organic chemistry courses with an associated laboratory curriculum. Candidates should also have an active and promising scholarly program. Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian values of the University ( and the mission of Seaver College ( We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a scholarly agenda, 5) a statement indicating how the candidate will support the Christian mission of the University, including their current involvement in a community of faith, 6) transcripts of all graduate work (unofficial copies are acceptable during the application process; however, official transcripts will be required for selected applicants), and 7) three confidential letters of recommendation, at least one of which with a focus on teaching. All materials should be submitted to:

Application review will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required as a condition of employment. Any inquiries about this position should be sent to: Dr. Matt Joyner, Associate Professor of Biochemistry (

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 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.


Pepperdine University is a Christian-based, independent university with approximately 7,700 students enrolled in five different colleges. Pepperdine is located in Malibu, California, approximately 30miles northwest of Los Angeles. The chemistry program is in the Natural Science Division, which is part of Seaver College, the undergraduate college with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. These students receive a liberal arts education (BA or BS degrees) in one of eight areas. The Natural Science Division within Seaver College offers degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physics, and Sports Medicine. Currently, the Natural Science Division has approximately 40 active members of the faculty, six of which are in chemistry. One year visiting professors will be expected to teach 16 units per semester, and will receive health benefits.
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