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Ezra Plank




Mark Barneche

Associate Director



Karine Grivet

Assistant Director, Internship Coordinator



Monika Zimmerli

Coordinator of Finances and Human Resources



Faculty in Residence 2021-2022

Nicholas Zola

Dr. Nicholas Zola

Assistant Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College

Office Location: AC 256

Office Hours: TBA

Nick Zola was born in San Diego, CA, and has lived in Massachusetts, Germany, Texas, Illinois, and now back in California (in that order). Next stop: Switzerland! He was proud to be part of the first graduating class of Olin College of Engineering, after which he took the natural step of pursuing biblical studies (so he understands your indecision). He is now an Associate Professor of Religion at Seaver where he teaches New Testament and biblical interpretation and thinks reading ancient manuscripts is fun. He and his wife Joy have two sons, Luke and Clark (ages 8 and 6). One was born in Waco, TX, and the other was born in Normal, IL, but you'll have to meet them in Lausanne to figure out which is which. Dr. Zola is passionate about sushi, dark chocolate, and running (so that he can eat more sushi and dark chocolate). Si vous avez pris le temps de traduire cette phrase, j'espère vous voir en Suisse!

Faculty in Residence 2022-2023

Cynthia Colburn

Fall 2022

Dr. Cynthia Colburn

Professor of Art History, Fine Arts Division, Seaver College

Office: CAC 212

Cynthia Colburn is a professor of art history at Seaver College. She teaches courses on the art, architecture, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, including West Asia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as courses on Medieval and Renaissance art, and art in Los Angeles. She discovered her passion for art, architecture, and archaeology while studying abroad during her sophomore year of college, and she loves to explore and teach about art in its original context. Professor Colburn has lived in Paris, Florence, Rome, Athens, and Lausanne, and she's traveled extensively throughout Europe and parts of West Asia. She has also worked on archaeological excavations in Turkey, Greece, and Italy. She and her family love to spend time with students while abroad and after their return to the Malibu campus.

Gretchen Batcheller

Spring 2023

Gretchen Batcheller

Associate Professor of Studio Art - Painting & Drawing, Fine Arts Division, Seaver College

Office: CAC 404

Gretchen Batcheller is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and teaches a wide range of courses in painting and drawing at Seaver College. This coming academic year will be her 10th year at Pepperdine University. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Gretchen studied for two years in Dresden, Germany and for one year in Rome, Italy respectively. She has previously served as Faculty-in-Residence in Heidelberg (AY 2018-2019) and in Florence (Summer 2015 and 2019) and is fluent in German and speaks great restaurant Italian, which won't necessarily help with French, but she is excited to learn French as well. She will also be accompanied by her family - her husband, Gus Peterson, her daughter, Winefred (7yrs), and her son, Orrin (4yrs). Gretchen and her family are very much looking forward to this new adventure in Lausanne with you all. 

Updated: 9.10.2021