Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science
Reports to: Dean of the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science
Status: Faculty rank, clinical position
Time commitment: Full-time; 11-month term appointment (non-tenure track)
Start date: July 2021

The FPU Social Work program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the helping professions. The program offers a traditional, as well as a degree completion program in social work. Working closely under the direction of the Social Work Program Director, the successful candidate will oversee coordination and supervision of field placements.


  • Oversee field instruction and field programmatic policies and procedures in the Social Work program in the traditional undergraduate and degree completion programs at five sites: Bakersfield, Visalia, Main, North Fresno, & Merced campuses.
  • Enhance student learning by guiding robust field instruction.
  • Maintain professional memberships and professional development.
  • Work with local social work agencies to develop appropriate generalist professional field internships for program majors which connect theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom to the practice setting.
  • Identify and supervise field instructors in agencies providing learning opportunities for students which foster the implementation of evidence-informed practice.
  • Evaluate student demonstration of mastery of core competencies in the field.
  • Represent the Social Work program and university at community and professional meetings.
  • Comply with CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) program guidelines for Baccalaureate level programs in social work.
  • Teach social work classes as assigned.
  • Train field faculty, field instructors, students, and agency supervisors in CSWE standards, program policies, and best practices for field instruction.
  • Supervise field liaisons and other field staff.
  • Maintain and update field manual, learning contracts, memorandum of understanding documents, liability insurance, and other related forms pertinent to the administration of field internship.
  • Develop and enhance field seminar courses for the field education component and oversee seminar faculty.
  • Develop and maintain SONIA software for field records and assessment reporting.
  • Address and manage incidents utilizing grievance policies and procedures.
  • Network with agencies, build partnerships, and attend agency community events as needed.
  • Initiate and coordinate field orientations, field supervision trainings, and other field events, as necessary.
  • Recruit and oversee off-site field supervisor contracts.
  • Facilitate field education team meetings, attend program meetings to represent the field education component of the program.
  • Provide input to program director on CSWE field standards and maintain ongoing assessment outcomes each semester.



  • MSW from a CSWE accredited university.
  • Ability to utilize professional connections in the community to develop appropriate field internships.
  • Ability to mentor and supervise students and field instructors.
  • Minimum five years of experience in a specific area of social work practice.
  • Teaching experience with traditional and adult learners.
  • Knowledge of technology/learning management systems.
  • Provide positive leadership and restorative discipline for students.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to the integration of faith and life.
  • Familiarity with the Latino community, as well as the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the Central Valley.
  • Agreement with the mission of the university and ability to effectively communicate its values.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the NASW Values and Code of Ethics.
  • Knowledge of and ability to meet CSWE program accreditation guidelines for field instruction.
  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects of social work practice.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to represent the profession, program, and institution through effective collaboration within the community.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Skills in community outreach and collaboration.
  • License in social work desirable.
  • Self-starter who can work independently and collaboratively.


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


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
Dean, School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301
Fresno, CA 93702

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University description

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 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 Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 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.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.