Department: School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences with appointment also in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies (PACS) as needed
Reports to: Dean in the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences
Status: Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track
Time commitment: 11-month faculty appointment
Start date: July 1, 2019

Vitae will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2019, with full applications due March 15, 2019. An appointment will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


  • Lead an innovative Criminology program for FPU’s Degree Completion student population;
  • Teach in degree completion, and possibly graduate, and/or traditional undergraduate courses in Criminology and Victimology as needed;
  • Mentor and advise degree-completion majors;
  • Recruit, train, develop, evaluate, manage, and lead adjunct faculty according to the guidelines provided by the Dean of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences for the program at multiple locations in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University;
  • Represent the program at student recruitment and enrollment events, at regional campuses and other venues;
  • Network and collaborate with local leaders in law enforcement, community services, and education to provide relevant structure, regular review of curriculum and ongoing assessment of changing needs in community systems of justice;
  • Contribute to community-related Center for Peacemaking activities and services;
  • Participate in scholarly, departmental, and university activities;
  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda.



  • Earned PhD in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or related field, (candidates with a master’s degree, or those nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered); all faculty are required to have, or be willing to complete, a terminal degree;
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
  • Desire to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for positions where they can exercise leadership which reflects the goals of the program;
  • Experience in, or aptitude for, college- and university-level teaching in a multi-disciplinary and diverse context;
  • Ability to frequently drive to regional campuses and teach evening classes;
  • Ability to work with students, staff, and faculty in a collegial environment;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Evidence of scholarly contributions to criminal justice, criminology, victimology, peacemaking, conflict studies, or related fields;
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and application of restorative justice;
  • Experience living and working outside the United States;
  • Facility in one of the languages, other than English, spoken in the Fresno area;
  • Affiliation with an Anabaptist or Historic Peace Church.


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF), Section 125 options.


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:

Ron Herms, Ph.D.
School of HRSS, Box 2301
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
Or email

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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.