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About Us


The University Faculty Council (UFC) was formed in 2001 by a charter signed by all five schools of Pepperdine University. The purpose of the UFC is to provide a vehicle for collegial discussion and decision-making between Pepperdine University administration and the faculty. Each school has at least one representative on the UFC.



Council Membership


  • Chris Doran, Associate Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College
  • Trey Childress, Professor of Law, CSOL
  • Maretno Agus Harjoto, Professor of Finance, PGBS
  • John Mann, Associate Professor of Physics, Natural Science Division, Seaver College
  • Ted McAllister, Edward L. Gaylord Chair, SPP
  • Brian McGilvray, JD, Practitioner Faculty of Business Law, PGBS 
  • Donna Nofziger, Professor of Biology, Natural Science Division, Seaver College
  • Mark Scarberry, Professor of Law, CSOL
  • Elizabeth Smith, Associate Professor of Communications, Director of Pepperdine Graphic Media,  Seaver College
  • Veronica Viesca, Professor of Psychology, GSEP
  • Rick Walton, Assistant Professor of Finance, PGBS
  • Melissa Wasserman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, GSEP
  • Jay Brewster, Provost
  • James Gash, President
  • Lee Kats, Vice Provost