Faculty in Sociology

Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track; 9 month faculty appointment in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science.

Job Description:

Sociology is a vibrant major situated within the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences at Fresno Pacific University. University faculty members are known for engagement with students and communities. The sociology program encourages scholarly research that challenges and empowers students to engage with people who are at-risk, underserved or marginalized.


The department of sociology is looking for applicants with skills and interest consistent with undergraduate instruction at a regional masters level university. The program seeks to provide students with an understanding of human behavior, social interactions and group processes. The program is cross-cultural in nature and purposefully informed by an anthropological perspective. The faculty member is expected to direct the program, teach in sociology and general education programs, actively mentor and advise sociology undergraduate majors and provide students with research opportunities. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to departmental, university and community service.



  • Ph.D. in sociology; advanced doctoral candidate may be considered; 
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement; 
  • Desire to mentor undergraduate research in discipline; 
  • Commitment to undergraduate instruction; 
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment; 
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church. 


  • Ability to teach adults in degree completion program; 
  • Ability to teach and guide criminology students; 
  • Commitment to dialogue between sociology and Christian faith; 
  • Demonstrated college-level teaching ability.

University Description:

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 3,700 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic ServingInstitution, with a Hispanic student population of 35 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.


Download and complete an application form.

Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

  • Rod Janzen, Ph.D.  
  • Fresno Pacific University 
  • School of HRSS, Box 2301 
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue 
  • Fresno, CA 93702 
  • Or email: FPUProv@fresno.edu