Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science
Reports to: Dean of the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science
Status: 2 positions available Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status (tenure) track, 11-month faculty appointment
Time commitment: Full-time; 11-month faculty faculty appointment
Start date: July 2021


The Division of Social Science is seeking to hire two (2) full time faculty serving Degree Completion, Online, and Traditional Undergraduate populations in the Criminology Major, under the direction of the Criminology Program Director.


  • 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.
  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda.
  • Curriculum development.
  • Contribute to ongoing program assessment and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with the Criminology Program Director and Criminology Faculty to continue the growth of Criminology at Fresno Pacific University.
  • Represent the Criminology program at recruitment and enrollment events.
  • Mentor and advise Criminology majors (as well as general education students).
  • Candidates with proven records teaching in the following subjects will be prioritized: statistics and research methods in criminology; corrections; diversity and crime; criminological theory; evidence; criminal law and advanced criminal law.
  • The successful candidate must be prepared to follow existing curriculum and course design as directed by the Program Director to ensure program continuity, but will also have an opportunity to develop new courses to complement existing course offerings.



  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience of exceptional college-level teaching.
  • 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. Previous success in grant applications and managing research grants is an added benefit.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and application of restorative justice, as demonstrated by research and publications, and/or professional experience.
  • Membership in a Mennonite Brethren or Anabaptist congregation, or affiliation with a 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).


A link to the application is located below.

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
PhD Dean, School of HRSS
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301
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.