Jon Pfeiffer's Teaching Experience
Jon Pfeiffer believes that one of the most meaningful things he can do is to help educate the next generation of leaders. As such, he is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu where he teaches Media Law (COM 570). He hopes in doing so that they too will strive to serve others first. Professor Pfeiffer has twice received the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award.
COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as defamation, advertising, obscenity, indecency, privacy (intrusion, private facts, false light and the right of publicity) and copyright issues. Click here to download the Spring 2019 Syllabus.
For COM 570, Jon has created the course textbook, "Media Law: Materials and Cases," a collection of influential cases that directly pertain to media law. He also wrote, "A's for Everyone: Acing the College Experience" alongside recent Pepperdine graduate, Amanda Salz. "A's for Everyone" is the ultimate guide for making the transition from high school to college. As both a father and a professor, Jon Pfeiffer offers a unique and well-thought take on how to thrive academically while developing and maintaining lasting relationships.
A staff writer for the Graphic, Pepperdine's student newspaper, interviewed Jon about his teaching style. Click here to download the article.
In addition, Jon Pfeiffer's iTunes U® course, "Right of Privacy," hosted by Pepperdine University is published and available for free on the iTunes® Store.
Through formal evaluations submitted to the administration of Seaver College, Jon's students have made the following comments about Jon and the class:
- “I have learned more in this class that I can ACTUALLY apply to life than I have throughout my college career.”
- “It was awesome!”
- “The class is amazing.”
- “HE IS SO GREAT! He really tries to find cases and things that interest us so that we can truly learn what the main ideas of the course are.”
- “BEST TEACHER EVER!”
- “He loves what he does and it is apparent in his teaching.”
- “I have never had a more passionate professor.”
- “I don't even know what to write about what I like "best" because everything about Prof. Pfeiffer's teaching style, class content, etc. was/is AMAZING! I seriously LOVED this class. Honestly one of my favorite classes that I've taken at Pepperdine. Prof. Pfeiffer is so funny, engaging, understanding, and reasonable, it's hard not to love this class... even if it is a 4 hour night class once a week.”
- “Hands down the best professor I have had at Pepperdine.”
- “Everyone at Pepperdine should take a class with Professor Pfeiffer!!”
- In response to the Evaluation question “What are the things that you like best about this professor?”: “Everything. He's not there to waste wime with excess information. He perfectly prepares us for what we will be tested on and what he expects us to know about media law in our respective majors. He's an actual person with an actual job that he balances with teaching, which helps students get a feel for what the real world is like from a non-professor point of view. He's real and upfront about what he expects. He also is so willing to make his students connections for potential job opportunities, which is above and beyond what he needs to do. He makes class FUN, which for this subject could so easily not be the case. He allows us to laugh and crack jokes and form a healthy, fruitful learning environment and community. I never dread going to this Thursday night, 6-10pm class, in fact, I rather enjoy and look forward to it, which is why my attendance was close to perfect. It's no wonder his class is competitive to get into and always has a waitlist. The buzz surrounding his class is all positive and everyone wants him as their professor. His firm grasp of how life works and him being so honest with us about it is refreshing, especially in the Pepperdine “bubble.” He keeps it real and treats us like the adults we will be expected to be post-grad, while still keeping a “father-like” care about him. Pfeiffer is a good, old-fashioned, American teacher who just wants his students to excel and knows how to guide them to succeed. He does this through receptiveness, discipline, a healthy dose of perspective, a little tough love, kindness, understanding, organization, creativity, humor, and total expertise in his field. Thank God for Jon Pfeiffer. I fuckin’ love the guy. He made me feel like the possibility of ever attending law school could not only be possible but could be fun.”