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Faculty in Criminology


Full-time, with faculty rank; tenure track, 11-month contract, appointment in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science (Division of Social Science). This position serves the accelerated modality, online, and main campus teaching programs in the Criminology major, and is intended to fill the role of Criminology Program Director.

STARTING DATE: Open until filled


  • Teach in the Criminology curriculum across all modalities. Teaching responsibilities include traditional face-to-face, blended, and online teaching. This includes instruction on our main and regional campuses, as well as evening classes.
  • Lead the Criminology Program administratively in the role of Program Director.
  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda.
  • Curriculum development.
  • Contribute to ongoing program assessment and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with the Criminology faculty to continue the growth of Criminology at Fresno Pacific University.
  • Represent the Criminology program at recruitment and enrollment events.



  • Earned Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, or a related field. A J.D., Ed.D. or similar qualification is not acceptable.
  • Record of scholarly achievement, evidenced by publications in respected, peer-reviewed academic journals or similar publications. Previous success in grant applications and managing research grants is an added benefit.
  • Demonstrated experience of exceptional college-level teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience in academic administration (curriculum, adjunct pool, etc.).
  • Evidence of high-level course development in face-to-face, blended, and online modalities.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church.


  • Candidates with at least two semesters of full-time teaching in Criminology, including face-to-face, blended, and fully online modalities, including full participation in the operations of a Criminology program will be prioritized.
  • Ability to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to Criminology, in both research and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates whose work in particular explores issues related to under-served groups, for example: refugees, indigenous communities, or people with disabilities.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and application of restorative justice, as demonstrated by research and publications, and/or professional experience. Candidates whose work encompasses restorative practices within minority communities will be given preference.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and applications of peacemaking and conflict studies, as demonstrated by research and publications, and/or professional experience.
  • Experience living and working outside the United States, and/or the ability to bring an international perspective to the role.
  • Membership in a Mennonite Brethren or Anabaptist congregation.


Dependent on qualifications and experience and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA).

  • We anticipate hiring an assistant or associate professor.
  • The Faculty Salary Scale and Placement can be viewed here.
    *If you cannot access the link, please email


A faculty application is available at - the link is in the job description on the FPU website.

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

Dr. Ron Herms
Fresno Pacific University
School of HRSS
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301
Fresno, CA 93702
OR email:

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU 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. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. 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 Idea here.

Reserving its rights as a religious institution, Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, or other classes protected by applicable law. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you should contact FPU’s Human Resources Department at As a religious institution, the University will administer the equal opportunity employment policy consistent with the Fresno Pacific University statement of faith, the FPU Idea and the University’s governance by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Placement of New Faculty Appointees on the Salary Scale 

Faculty Handbook Section 9.2.3 

The initial contract of a new faculty member at hiring will indicate step placement on the salary scale and professorial rank. Placement will be made by the Provost/Senior VP and appropriate school dean. The appropriate department/program director/chair may be consulted as needed. 

3 yrs. of credit toward tenure (section 3.7): 

Newly hired faculty members who have achieved tenure at another institution are not immediately eligible for tenure at Fresno Pacific University at appointment. However, upon the recommendation of the dean and the Rank and Tenure Committee who conduct the third-year evaluation, such a faculty member may receive tenure earlier than the six-year period upon the recommendation of the Provost/Senior VP to the president. 

Rank eligibility [see section 3.4 for definitions] 

Handbook Language 

A Master’s degree (Step 1 at Instructor rank) OR 

Master’s degree plus 30 credit hours or a Master of Divinity (Step 2) OR 

Two master’s degrees, a master’s degree plus professional certification (e.g., CPA, RN, etc.), or ABD status (Step 4) OR 

The terminal degree in the hiring field with less than 2 years of college teaching experience (Step 6 at Assistant Professor rank, Step 10 at Associate, Step 14 at Professor). The expected terminal degree is established for each academic field, e.g., Ph.D. in humanities and sciences, MFA in performing arts, Ed.D. in education, etc. 

Relevant teaching, scholarship, service, or other professional experience (1 additional step for every 5 years of experience up to 5 steps total) directly related to discipline. 

Additional steps may be awarded to acknowledge differential pay levels in professional fields where the hiring market salary gap can be established to be at least $5000. Only in unusual circumstances and in consultation with the Personnel Committee should such market adjustments exceed five steps. 

Discretionary steps. In order to respond to special circumstances of the competitive marketplace, e.g., unusually attractive candidate credentials or professional achievements, 1-2 steps may be awarded at the Provost/Senior VP’s discretion and reported to the Personnel Committee. 

Note: Language in italics is not in the Handbook but has been added to this form for clarification. 


    Faculty Salary Scale
9-month contract 1
Step Increase 2 $750
Assistant Professor
Step Increase $1250
Associate Professor
Step Inscrease $1750
Full Professor
Increase Step $2250
1   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
2   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
3   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
4 64650      
5 65400      
6 66150 66150    
7 66900 67400    
8 67650 68650    
9 68400 69900    
10 69150 71150 71150  
11 69900 72400 72900  
12 70650 73650 74650  
13 71400 74900 76400  
14 72150 76150 78150 78150
15 72900 77400 79900 80400
16   78650 81650 82650
17   79900 83400 84900
18   81150 85150 87150
19   82400 86900 89400
20   83650 88650 91650
21     90400 93900
22     92150 96150
23     93900 98400
24     95650 100650
25     97400 102900
26       105150
27       107400
28       109650
29       111900
30       114150
31       116400


1 Salaries are at a 9-month contract. 10-month contract salaries can be calculated by taking the 9-month salary and multiply by 1.11. 11-month contract salaries can be calculated by taking the 9-month salary and multiply by 1.22.

2 Step increase is the amount increased per step.