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Christopher Heard’s
Teaching Philosophies and Practices


All Pepperdine faculty share certain common principles and practices, such as those articulated in Pepperdine University’s core affirmations. As a Christian university, Pepperdine affirms

  • That God is
  • That God is revealed uniquely in Christ
  • That the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process
  • That the student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise
  • That the quality of student life is a valid concern of the University
  • That truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline
  • That spiritual commitment, tolerating no excuse for mediocrity, demands the highest standards of academic excellence
  • That freedom, whether spiritual, intellectual, or economic, is indivisible
  • That knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service

These core principles (quoted from the 2009–2010 Seaver College Catalog, p. 2) guide us in the “big picture” of instruction at Pepperdine, but they leave many practical considerations unstated and subject to individual professors’ implementations. This section of my web site gives students, colleagues, parents, adminstrators, and anyone else who cares a look at my particular approach to collegiate teaching.

General Philosophies and Policies

The following documents apply to all courses that I teach.

Teaching Initiatives

During the 2009–2010 academic year, I will be overhauling Religion 101 to use more up-to-date technologies and more interactive pedagogy, in keeping with my Religion 101 for the 21st Century grant proposal that was recently funded by Pepperdine University.

During the 2009–2010 academic year, I will be attempting to teach biblical (classical) Hebrew using Second Language Acqusition techniques learned, in part, while attending a Communicative Biblical Hebrew workshop at Ashland Theological Seminary in June 2009.

Current Teaching Activities

Spring 2010

HEB 331. Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:00–9:50 AM in Appleby 286

REL 101. The History and Religion of [Ancient] Israel
Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:00–1:30 PM (section 6) and 2:00–3:30 PM (section 7) in Plaza 190


Spring 2010 Contact Information

Study: Appleby 278
Open-Door Hours: 8:30–10:30 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays; 3:30–4:30 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays
Phone: 310-506-4299
AIM: drchrisheard

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Fall 2009 Courses

HEB 330. Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
TF 8:00–9:50 AM, AC 286

REL 101. The History and Religion of [Ancient] Israel
TF 12:00–1:30 PM, JPA 190
TF 2:00–3:30 PM, JPA 190