Faculty in Social Work

Fresno, California
Sep 13, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


FACULTY in Social Work

POSITION: Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track; 9-month faculty appointment, in the Traditional Undergraduate Social Work Program, School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences (HRSS).

STARTING DATE: August 1, 2018

The rapidly expanding FPU Social Work Program seeks to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the helping professions. The program offers both a traditional (TUG), as well as a degree completion (DC) option in social work. Working closely with the DC Social Work Program Co-Director, the successful candidate will oversee and teach in the TUG program.


  • Oversee administration of TUG program in Social Work at the FPU main campus;
  • Lead the TUG Social Work program in collaboration with the degree completion program co-director;
  • Teach social work classes as assigned;
  • Enhance student learning by guiding robust field instruction;
  • Assist Social Work Program co-director in the identification and supervision of adjunct instructors to teach in the program;
  • Represent the Social Work program and FPU at community and professional meetings;
  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda;
  • Maintain close professional relationships with local social work agencies;
  • Comply with CSWE program guidelines for Baccalaureate level programs in social work;
  • Mentor and advise social work majors (as well as general education students);
  • Maintain and expand current MOU’s with local / regional agencies.



  • Earned terminal degree in appropriate field of study, (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;
  • Ability to mentor and advise students in TUG social work program;
  • Minimum five years of experience in a specific area of social work practice;
  • Teaching experience at college level;
  • Knowledge of instructional technology / learning management systems;
  • Ability to utilize professional connections in the community to develop appropriate field internships;
  • Provide positive leadership and restorative discipline for students;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to cross cultures and to understand and advance diversity;
  • Commitment to the integration of faith, learning, and living;
  • Agreement with the mission of the university and ability to effectively communicate its values;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to NASW Values and Code of Ethics;
  • Knowledge of and ability to meet CSWE program accreditation guidelines;
  • Record, or promise, of scholarly achievement;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Skills in program and curriculum development and management;
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Familiarity with the Latino community, as well as the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the Central San Joaquin Valley;
  • Membership in a Mennonite or Anabaptist congregation.


Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 3,700 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 35 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 at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.

COMPENSATION: 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.

APPLICATION:   A faculty application is available at http://www.fresno.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, PhD

            Dean of HRSS

            Fresno Pacific University

            1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301

            Fresno, CA 93702

            OR: email hrss@fresno.edu

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. 

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