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Dean of Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Job no: 501489
Work type: Contract
Location: West LA Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Pepperdine University seeks an individual with a record of distinguished achievement who demonstrates the ability to manage a complex enterprise and provide outstanding leadership to the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Information regarding this search is available on the Provost's website.


The dean of GSEP:

  • Oversees the academic integrity of the Education and Psychology Divisions of the school and provides leadership for its programs. 
  • Reports directly to the provost and has primary responsibility for the school's academic programs, student learning, specialized and regional accreditation, strategic planning, and school initiatives. The dean directs the implementation of the school's strategic plan. The dean works with both the Education and Psychology Divisions to select, support, and develop faculty.
  • Represents GSEP on the University Planning Committee and the Dean's Council. The dean also serves on the president's Steering Committee (chaired by the president). The dean may be asked to serve on special committees or task forces as appropriate representing their colleagues and the school. The dean represents the University to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the Teacher Preparation Programs at both Seaver College and GSEP's Education Division.
  • Is responsible for the advancement of GSEP and participates in developing partnerships that advance the mission of the school. In partnership with the University's Advancement office and the GSEP senior advancement officer, the dean pursues opportunities for friend- and fund-raising, as well as appropriate stewardship. They are involved in working closely with alumni and friends of the school to increase the donor count and contributions that support endowments, student scholarships, faculty scholarship, special projects, and research. The dean supports faculty in securing corporate and business grants, as well as grants from state and federal offices.
  • Serves ex-officio on the GSEP Academic Council and interacts with a number of committees, including: Appeals; Faculty Handbook; Rank, Tenure, and Promotion; Research; and Teaching. The dean participates in the GSEP Diversity Council and supports opportunities to further diversify the faculty, staff, and student body. They support the faculty in their goals for teaching and scholarship through allocating funds for professional development and multicultural programming and support professional development opportunities for staff by working closely with supervisors to ensure the goals of the school and the University are met. The dean chairs the Administrative Council (associate deans and academic program directors) and the Executive Council (associate deans and functional directors).
  • Supports the mission and values of the University and guides the faculty, staff, and students in their continued faith development.
  • Oversees the following units of the school: Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, Alumni, Career Services, Administrative Support, Student Services, Events, Budget and Student Accounts, and Technology. The dean, along with the senior director of finance, plans the budget each year and reviews it on a continuing basis for financial planning.
  • Receives assistance from the associate dean of education, associate dean of psychology, assistant dean of faculty development and administrative affairs, and assistant dean of online psychology programs. In addition, the executive director of marketing and enrollment, executive director of career services, director of alumni relations, director of GSEP technology, cultural attache, senior director of student success, executive director of foster grandparents program, and senior director of finance also support the dean.
  • Supports the mission and values of the University and guides the faculty, staff, and students in their continued faith development.

The above information is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the GSEP dean. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required in this position.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: A terminal degree in a field related to education or psychology.A broad and substantive administrative experience in an accredited academic environment. Academic experience with a clear commitment to teaching excellence and student success. Experience supporting and strengthening scholarly productivity and grant writing. A vision for graduate education in a time of shifting and emerging modalities, including online course delivery and educational technology. Leadership qualities that build community, including effective communication, mutual respect, and informed decision making. A faith perspective that is fully integrated with their profession, drawing upon an active Christian faith and mature theological commitments. A proven record of promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture of belonging. A commitment to fiscal responsibility, budget management, partnership with financial officers, and budget planning. Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated leadership ability to build consensus among faculty and administrators. An entrepreneurial mindset regarding program growth and development. A talent for building and strengthening community partnerships both local and global. An ability to enhance alumni engagement and support with a proven record in fund-raising. Unwavering support for Pepperdine’s Christian mission and a vision for integrating the institutional mission into both the educational experience and community of the graduate school.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

Expected Pay Range: $235,000 - $275,000 per year

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

Pepperdine retained the executive search firm CarterBaldwin to assist the GSEP Dean Search Committee. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (which include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae) should be directed in confidence to

Although applications will be accepted until the time that a new dean is appointed, candidates should submit application materials consisting of a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest addressed to the GSEP Dean Search Committee by February 2, 2023, for most favorable consideration. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be submitted to

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to: 

Price Harding, Chairman, 678.448.0015,

Stephanie Steele, Consultant, 678.894.1200,

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