Faculty Administration

The Office of Academic Affairs also provides support for all facets of faculty appointments. The specific areas supported include faculty searches and recruiting, initial appointments, reviews for promotions and reappointments, faculty leaves of absence, faculty tracking and reporting, faculty retirements, resignations and separations, and interpretation of policies and procedures.

The primary emphasis of this section is to provide guidance with the procedures related to the above-mentioned areas. The Office of Academic Affairs is located on the 3rd floor of 6100 Center Drive at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

Current Department Chairs

Robert Lee

Robert Lee, PhD • ACCT, FIN, Real Estate

Dr. Robert Lee is an associate professor of accounting and department chair for Accounting, Finance, and Real Estate at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He earned his PhD in accounting from Drexel University, a master in accountancy degree from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified management accountant (CMA). He has worked for companies such as PwC, KPMG, Conversant, and Thomson Company and currently provides consulting services to companies in the Los Angeles area.





Teri Tompkins, PhD • ABS, OTMT

Dr. Tompkins joined the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University in 2001. Prior to her arrival at Pepperdine, she was faculty at The University of Redlands for eight years where she was nominated twice for best teacher of the year. Dr. Tompkins received her MBA (with an emphasis in Strategy and Marketing) and Ph.D. (with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior) from Claremont Graduate University. She earned her masters and bachelors degrees respectively in Recreation and Leisure Studies for non-for-profit management from CSULB. Dr. Tompkins consults with organizations in the areas of positive transformation and organizational learning. She has written six textbooks and instructors' manuals.


Mark Chun



Dr. Mark Chun is an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University at the Graziadio Business School. He recently served as the Interim Associate Dean of Executive Programs. He earned a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in management information systems from the University of Hawaii. He has worked for companies such as Intel Corporation, Pepsi Co. / Taco Bell, Coopers & Lybrand, and the Bank of Hawaii.



Dave Smith


Dave Smith, PhD • ECNM, LEGL, MKTG

Dr. David M. Smith serves as professor of economics at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. He has had the privilege of working at Pepperdine for over 20 years. And over these years, Dr. Smith has taught over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to his work as a teacher, he has served in numerous leadership posts at Pepperdine. His role include, department chair, senior associate dean, and most recently, serving as the 8th Dean of the Graziadio Business School.