Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences (Division of Social Sciences)
Reports to: Criminology Program Director
Status: 11-month contract
Time commitment: Full-time, with faculty rank; tenure track
Start date: January 2022. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 18, 2021, and a hire will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


This position serves Degree Completion, Online, and Main Campus teaching programs 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.
  • Develop interdisciplinary activities and events and help develop the Criminology program’s presence on campus.
  • Represent the Criminology program at recruitment and enrollment events.



  • 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. Candidates who demonstrate scholarly potential, who have not yet developed a history of research publication, will also be considered. Previous success in grant applications and managing research grants is an added benefit.
  • Demonstrated experience of exceptional college-level teaching.
  • Evidence of successful course development in face-to-face, blended, and online modalities.
  • Willingness to teach on all Fresno Pacific University campuses, including evening courses in our regional campuses at Visalia and North Fresno.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church.


  • Ability to teach in introductory criminal justice administration and criminal law courses, and upper-level corrections courses. While this reflects current needs within the program, applicants with broader disciplinary backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to Criminology, in both research and teaching.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and application of restorative justice.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the theories, principles, and applications of peacemaking and conflict studies.
  • Experience living and working outside the United States, and/or the ability to bring an international perspective to the role.
  • Membership in a Mennonite Brethren or Anabaptist congregation, or 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 faculty application is available at - 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 2301
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
OR: email

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University description

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.

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.