Karen Crozier


  • M.A., Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology
  • M.A., California State University, Fresno
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Publications & Presentations

  • Publications:
  • “Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission for U.S. Christian Education: Reclaiming Jesus’ Radical Kingdom of God Message for the Church,” In Mitzi Smith & Lalitha Jayachitra (Eds.), Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014
  • Book review on Recovering Nonviolent History: Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles, edited by Maciej J. Bartkowski, International Journal on World Peace, 2014
  • “Women as Faculty: Managing Conflict with Grace and Confidence,” ACPA –College Student Educators International, Standing Committee for Women, Series: “Women As,” Developments, 11 (2)., 2013
  • “Appropriating the Prophetic Visions of Du Bois and Thurman: Considerations for the Academy,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, 4., 2012
  • “Appropriating the Prophetic Visions of Du Bois and Thurman: Considerations for the Academy,” In M. Mann & J. Gates (Eds.), Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination (pp. 79-90), Point Loma Press Series: San Diego, CA and Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012
  • Presentations:
  • “We Shall Overcome? Civil Rights Then and Now: A Panel Discussion on the Life and Legacy of the Movement 60 Years Brown and 50 Years after the Civil Rights Act,” Fresno City College Campus and Community Colloquium, 2014
  • “Ebonics and the Preaching, Political Moment,” Ebonics Conference: Nigritian Language: Ebonics and Linguistic Profiling,” Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
  • “Women of Colour as Champions for Access and Participation: Collaborative Career Leadership,” European Access Network World Congress, Montreal, Quebec, 2013
  • “Diversity and Its Challenges,” National Association of Latino and Hispanic Studies Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, 2013
  • “Re-membering the Prophetic King,” City of Fresno Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Commemoration Program Keynote Speaker, Fresno, CA, 2013
  • “Power to the People: Religious Education as the Recovering of Our Humanity,” co-presented with Clayton Gladish, Religious Education Association, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • “Redeeming Racism and Other Isms: Psycho-spiritual Dimensions and Practices,” 12th International Conference on Diversity in Communities, Organizations, and Nations, Vancouver, BC, 2012
  • “Faith, Race, and The New Jim Crow,” Reedley Mennonite Peace Center, Reedley, CA, 2012
  • “Becoming a Reflective Practitioner in the Age of the New Jim Crow: Policy Impact on the People We Serve,” Alliant International University, Presidential Lecture Series, International and Multicultural Education Research, Intervention, and Training, Fresno, CA, 2012
I was called back home to Fresno in 2008, and was excited when FPU offered me a position that was based on my skill set, values, commitment, and calling. My title was special assistant to the provost for spiritual engagement and diversity for faculty, students, and the community. Though my title has changed, I seek to live out in thought and practice, teaching and learning, and scholarship and service how Christian higher education in general, and seminary education in particular, can be in service to the church and community in bearing witness to God’s redemptive plan on earth.

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