Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Status: 9-month faculty appointment
Time commitment: Full-time, with faculty rank; tenure track
Start date: July 1, 2022
The Biblical and Theological Studies program seeks to provide students with opportunities to understand, delight in and witness to the Scriptures as normative for faith and life, in conversation with the Anabaptist-Mennonite and Evangelical traditions, the larger Christian church, and the world. It seeks to instill a sense of and appreciation for the breadth of the Kingdom of God, with its great diversity of backgrounds, points of view, and religious affiliations. All Fresno Pacific University students are required to take two Biblical Studies courses, intended to provide students with both academic and practical opportunities for learning and growth within the broader community of Fresno Pacific University’s General Education program. Courses are designed to promote the improvement of skills for reading and understanding the Bible in its literary and historical contexts as well as within the context of a contemporary learning community, regardless of the student’s own worldview. The interactive approach to learning is intended to move students beyond knowledge and understanding to doing, living and being.
- Teach 24 units/year of assigned courses in the Biblical & Theological Studies program, including (primarily):
- BIB-100/300/314 Jesus & the Christian Community
- General Education Biblical Literature courses
- General Education Biblical Perspectives courses
- Participate in and provide departmental, campus, and community service
- Maintain an active scholarly agenda
- Collaborate with Biblical & Theological Studies faculty to maintain excellence in the delivery of the program
- Advise undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Biblical & Theological Studies
- Earned terminal degree in biblical studies or related field (candidates with a master’s degree, or those nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered);
- Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Ability to cross cultures and to understand and advance diversity;
- Ability to address and model the integration of Christian faith and the field of biblical studies;
- Experience in, or aptitude for, college-level teaching of both traditional-aged and adult students;
- Ability to travel among FPU’s campuses as necessary;
- Ability to network and work harmoniously with faculty, staff, administration, and students in a regional university with its foundation in the liberal arts and sciences;
- Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.
- Commitment to an Anabaptist theological orientation;
- Disciplinary expertise and primary area of research in Old Testament (Hebrew Bible);
- New Testament expertise will be considered;
- Bilingual with the ability to speak and teach, preferably in Spanish and English.
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.
A faculty application is available at fpu.edu/visitors/careers - the link is in the job description on the FPU website.
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 2301Fresno Pacific University1717 S. Chestnut AvenueFresno, CA 93702OR: email HRSS@fresno.edu
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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