Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Status: 9-month faculty position in the Department of Psychology.
Time commitment: ¾ time, term appointment (up to two years)
Start date: August 2021


Psychology is a vibrant, rapidly growing major situated within the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences at Fresno Pacific University. Our faculty members are known for their engagement with students and communities. The psychology program encourages scholarly research that challenges and empowers students to engage with at-risk, underserved, or marginalized people.


The Department of Psychology is looking for applicants with skills and interests consistent with undergraduate instruction at a liberal arts university. The program emphasizes general knowledge in psychology, preparation of students for graduate school, interdisciplinary integration, and applied research. The faculty member is expected to actively mentor and advise psychology undergraduate majors, providing students with research opportunities. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to departmental, university, and community service. The candidate will also be able to apply for an anticipated continuing status track position in the near future.

The faculty member may teach courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Research Methods, Community Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Counseling.


  • Doctorate or master’s degree in Psychology or related fields, area of specialization is open but must be able to teach in several areas of psychology.
  • Must be open to teaching in both traditional undergraduate and accelerated degree programs both in-person and online.


  • Commitment to undergraduate instruction.
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement or relevant clinical experience.
  • 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.


  • Commitment to dialogue between psychology and Christian faith.
  • Demonstrated college-level teaching ability.
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement (quantitative or qualitative).


Dependent on qualifications and experience and paid out over 12 months.


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.