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 Department of Social Work invites applications for faculty to teach senior social work seminar and serve as liaison to students in the field. This position reports to the Faculty Field Director and Program Director of the Social Work Program. There is currently one position for North Valley campuses.


  • The primary responsibility of field faculty is to deliver instruction in the manner determined by the department. In addition, faculty responsibilities include:
  • Teaching/facilitating field seminars and functioning in the role of university field liaison to students and agencies.
  • Maintain professional memberships and professional development.
  • Facilitation of student support, career advising, and supervision while in field internship.
  • Coordinate with the Field Director, the preparation of syllabi and teaching of curriculum according to the goals and objectives of the program and CSWE standards.
  • Participation and support at monthly field faculty meetings, and field instructor training, select professional development events, and student field activities as scheduled.
  • Participation in faculty meetings and departmental activities, as identified by the field director/program director.
  • Determine student mastery of the material and assign final course grades from evaluation of tests, quizzes, homework, and other assignments and activities related to course material and field internship.
  • Engage with SONIA software for maintenance of field records such as learning contracts and field evaluations.
  • Provide cohort case management, which may include interviewing students for field placements.
  • Address conflict in the field through the program’s grievance policies and procedures in conjunction with the field director.
  • In conjunction with the field director, assist with building field partnerships in the community.



  • Must have an M.S.W. degree from a CSWE accredited institution. L.C.S.W. preferred.
  • At least five years post MSW practice experience is required in generalist practice settings.
  • Experience as a field instructor or supervisor of students in the field.
  • Preferred experience includes teaching in Human Services or Social Work at the college or university level.
  • The ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with university and program faculty, as well as community organizations.
  • 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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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.

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