Dean of the School of Humanities, Religion, & Social Sciences

Starting Date:

July 1, 2011
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2010, and an appointment made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


This position is one of five academic deans reporting to the university provost. It offers an opportunity to provide dynamic leadership to a school with established academic programs and significant growth potential.

School Profile:

The School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences (HRSS) is the largest of five schools within the university. It offers much of the on-campus general education curriculum as well as sixteen traditional undergraduate programs, two degree-completion programs and one graduate program (


  • Lead in carrying out the educational mission of HRSS consistent with the Fresno Pacific Idea.
  • Articulate and motivate a commitment to the liberal arts and actively oversee its expression in the curriculum.
  • Demonstrate and advocate for a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship.
  • Represent and advocate for the school within the administration, the university and the outside community.
  • Provide leadership in:
    • the Academic Cabinet and President's Council;
    • academic planning, program development, and program assessment;
    • implementing academic policies and course scheduling;
    • recruitment, development, and evaluation of faculty and academic program leadership.
  • Chair school faculty meetings and the university's Undergraduate Academic Committee.
  • Work collaboratively with the chairs of the divisions in HRSS to facilitate efficient and effective administration of its academic programs.
  • Prepare and oversee implementation of the school's budget.



  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university's mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning.
  • Terminal degree in a discipline of the school.
  • Successful college/university-level teaching and administrative experience.
  • Potential for visionary and innovative leadership of an academic unit.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students and fellow administrators.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Appreciation for the role of biblical/theological education and the integration of faith and learning.
  • Evidence of involvement in a local church.


  • Evidence of scholarly contributions in an academic field.
  • Knowledge/experience with diverse student populations and academic delivery systems.
  • Membership in a Mennonite Brethren or other Anabaptist-affiliated church.
  • Evidence of engagement in the wider Christian and/or civic community.

University Description:

Fresno Pacific University is a Christian university sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren Church. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In addition, extensive professional development coursework is offered. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is known for its academic excellence, strong sense of community and Christian commitment. All employees of the university must express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university.


Dependent on qualifications and experience and paid out over 12 months. Benefits include health, dental, LTD, life insurance, retirement contribution, Section 125 options, tuition waiver for dependents, and four weeks of vacation.


Download and complete an application form.

Send completed application (including personal statements and references) along with curriculum vitae to:

Fresno Pacific University
Office of the Provost
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
Or fax to 559-453-5502;
Or email to

Fresno Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or physical handicap in its hiring practices. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.