Curriculum Vitae - Pete C. Menjares, Ph.D.


Ph.D. -- 1998, Education: Language, Literacy and Learning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

M. A. -- 1992, Education: Teaching and Curriculum, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, California

B. A. -- 1987, Religion: Pastoral Ministries, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California

Professional Experience

Fresno Pacific University

President (August 2012 - present)

Provide overall leadership for the university which currently enrolls 1,000 regular undergraduate students, 650 students in a degree completion program, and 680 graduate students. Another 12,000 people participate in continuing education courses and programs over the course of a year. Frequent speaker at community and university events; active in local civic boards and educational organizations.

Biola University

Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Academic Effectiveness (May 2011 - June 2012)

As vice provost for faculty development and academic effectiveness, Pete reported directly to the provost and senior vice president.  He was part of the overall provost administrative team that included the provost, vice provost for undergraduate education, vice provost for multi-ethnic and cross cultural engagement, dean for university effectiveness, and director of distributed learning.  Additionally, he served on the Council of Instructional Deans, the Provost’s Council for Academic and Student Administration, and the Advisors to the President’s Administrative Council. In this role Pete had direct responsibility for the director and Center for Faculty Development, the director and Office of Integration of Faith and Learning, the dean of the library and Library and Media Center, summer school and interterm programs, faculty research and development, and the executive secretary to the vice provost. Further, he had a horizontal leadership role (collaborative relationship) with the dean for university effectiveness and accreditation liaison officer, and vice provost for multi-ethnic and cross-cultural engagement.

Associate Provost for Diversity Leadership and Associate Professor of Education (2004 - 2011)

As associate provost, Pete served as the chief diversity officer for the university, a position he helped to create in 2004. His office centralized the university diversity efforts and its initiatives, as well as, oversaw the director and Office of Multiethnic Programs and the University Diversity Leadership Committee. He was part of the overall provost administrative team that included the provost and senior vice president and two vice provosts. Additionally, he served on the Council of Instructional Deans, the Provost’s Council for Academic and Student Administration, and the Advisors to the President’s Administrative Council. He was part of Biola’s last WSCUC re-accreditation team and co-authored the educational effectiveness essay titled, Engaging Diversity. He led an interdisciplinary task force concerned with expanding access to Latino students, and similar task forces to address embedding intercultural competencies into the general education curriculum, an urban engagement and education initiative, and a faculty development initiative to develop faculty in specified intercultural competencies. He also resourced, in-serviced, advised, trained, counseled and mentored faculty, staff, students and departments in diversity matters at Biola and across the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. During his tenure as associate provost, Biola has seen its student diversity increase from 21% to 42% and its faculty diversity increase from 8% to 18%.  It has also seen improved retention for students of color and for Latino students in particular; it has implemented numerous campus-wide initiatives, and received commendations from organizations such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  In February 2007, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities awarded Biola the Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Racial Harmony.   

Associate Professor of Education and Interim Graduate Education Chair (1994 - 2004)

As a professor of education Pete taught undergraduate and graduate education courses, supervised student teachers, supervised numerous graduate theses and capstone projects, served on several doctoral dissertation committees, contributed to the development of new courses and programs, and for one semester served as interim graduate education chair. In his faculty role, he taught and developed over 12 courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and in May 2005 he was awarded Biola’s highest faculty honor, The Robert B. Fisher Award for Faculty Excellence, an annual award determined by the faculty and only given once. He was also awarded tenure in 2001.  

Education Department Chair (1998 - 2001)

As education department chair, Pete reported to the dean of humanities and social sciences, as well as, the vice provost for undergraduate education. In this role he was responsible for the graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as, all single- and multiple-subject credential programs. He had responsibility for hiring, developing and leading all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate faculty, department staff (secretaries, credential analyst, field placement coordinator and program advisors), curriculum development, and monitoring and implementing California State and accrediting legislation. He also successfully led the department through reaccreditation with both the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Association of Christian Schools International. As department chair, he assumed the leadership of the department mid-year, at a time when the graduate enrollment was rapidly increasing (64% increase in enrollment from 1996 to 2001).  This rapid growth necessitated changes in administrative structure and procedures that ultimately stabilized the department and situated it for future growth. While leading the department through this challenging transition, the program graduated four Teachers of the Year, and in 2001 received a first ever recognition in U.S. News and World Reports as one of America’s Best Graduate Programs in Education. 

Pico Rivera Foursquare Church

Senior Pastor (2005 - 2008)

Pete served as the senior pastor of a 250 member, second- and third-generation, Latino congregation in the City of Pico Rivera. He was responsible for the overall ministry of the church (including weekly sermons, evangelism and spiritual health), finance and business administration, three paid staff members, the Church Board, all volunteers and heads of ministry, and the total church membership. He also served the denomination as a member of an advisory committee to the vice president for urban and multicultural ministries of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.  

University of Southern California

Research Assistant, Division of Educational Psychology and Technology (1993 - 1997)

As a doctoral student, the Division of Educational Psychology and Technology employed Pete under the direction of Dr. Robert Rueda. In this capacity he was engaged in several significant research projects in distributed learning that included teams of researchers from the University of Southern California, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Whittier College. As a research assistant, he conducted field research, compiled and analyzed data, prepared research reports, and made presentations at professional meetings.

C. W. Nimitz Middle School

Teacher, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education Program (1988 - 1994)

Pete taught seventh and eighth grade English language arts within a humanities framework at the nation’s third largest middle school (3,800 students), a school that was 98% Latino with over 65% of the students being English language learners. In addition, he coordinated the state and district mandated Gifted and Talented Education program (G.A.T.E.). In this capacity he was responsible for implementing state and district standards, developing faculty and monitoring results for the G.A.T.E. program. His personal experiences with students as a classroom teacher led to his interest in the study of factors that influenced the achievement and/or underachievement of Latino students that subsequently led to doctoral level research in academic self-concept, self-efficacy and acculturation in this population. 

My Friend's House Assemblies of God Church

Administrative Pastor (1980 - 1988)

In this role, Pete was responsible to the senior pastor, Rev. James Ortiz, for the business, finances and administration of a 600 member second- and third-generation Latino church, including a Spanish congregation. Additionally, he served as director of education, taught Sunday school, provided pastoral care and counseling, taught adult Bible study, and engaged in regular pulpit ministry. 

Fellowships, Honors and Awards

  • Robert B. Fischer Award for Faculty Excellence, Biola University, March 2005 (Biola University’s highest faculty award)
  • Spirit of Fatherhood Award, The National Center for Strategic Non-Profit Planning and Community Leadership, Washington, DC, May 2002
  • Positive Image Award: Education, The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce, November 2001
  • Leadership Development Institute Fellowship, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC, 2000
  • Who’s Who Amongst America’s Teachers, 1998, 2003
  • Who’s Who In American Education, 2005
  • Who’s Who In America, 2006
  • Title VII Bilingual Doctoral Fellowship, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA), Washington, DC, 1994-1997
  • Dean's List for Academic Excellence, Southern California College, Costa Mesa, CA, 1982-1987

Presentations, Consultations and Publications