Faculty in Marriage and Family Therapy

Fresno, California
Nov 18, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



POSITION:  The Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary is accepting applications for one full-time teaching faculty position in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. The position includes faculty rank and continuing status (tenure) track for a 9-month faculty appointment.

STARTING DATE:  July 1, 2021

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  An appointment will be made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is a vibrant, rapidly growing program situated within the Biblical Seminary at Fresno Pacific University offered at the main campus location in Fresno, California. MFT faculty members are known for their engagement and transformative work with students and in local communities. Fresno County is ethnically diverse and has several of the deepest pockets of poverty in the United States. The MFT program prepares students to serve a diverse, multicultural clientele and engage with people who are at-risk, underserved, or marginalized. Spanish and/or Hmong-speaking faculty applicants are highly desired.


The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program is looking for one full-time faculty member to join a collaborative faculty team and diverse student body.  Primary faculty duties include teaching varied graduate courses, engaging in academic and formative advising, participating in department, Seminary, and University service, and positive community investment within the Central Valley. A defined research agenda and engagement in some scholarly activity is expected. Significant counseling experience is required. License or license eligibility within California as a marriage and family therapist or clinical psychologist is preferred, with associated professional licensing considered. AAMFT and/or CAMFT supervisor designation or candidate certification strongly preferred.


The MFT program is intentionally placed within the Seminary at Fresno Pacific University. MFT faculty function as part of an interdisciplinary team in Seminary operations alongside faculty in Bible, Theology, Pastoral Ministries, Community Transformation, and Missions. Significant importance is placed on the integration of counseling, psychology, and the Christian faith within all MFT courses. In addition to emphasizing excellence in academics and clinical skill acquisition, a unique element of the MFT program at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary rests in its prioritization of the development of the person of the therapist. Faculty focus on intrapsychic and relational character formation to produce insightful, well-grounded clinicians prepared for the complexities of work in the counseling field. Teaching and mentoring are significant aspects of faculty investment. An entrepreneurial spirit with a view of counseling as ministry and interest in developing new avenues of reaching underserved populations is highly desired.



  • Earned doctorate in Marriage & Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Counselor Education, or closely related field (COAMFTE or CACREP accredited program preferred)
  • Licensed or license-eligible Marriage & Family Therapist or Clinical Psychologist in the State of California
  • Evidence of significant clinical experience and counseling skill
  • Experience in working with diverse populations in community-based settings
  • Evidence of strong communication skills
  • Interest in, and capacity for, multidisciplinary collaborative team involvement
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement
  • Evidence or capacity for entrepreneurial initiative
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning
  • Involvement in a local church


  • Graduate degree in Bible or Theology
  • AAMFT and/or CAMFT Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate, or significant experience providing clinical supervision and training
  • Graduate teaching experience
  • Knowledgeable regarding a wide range of theories of counseling, with expertise in family systems, child, and multicultural counseling approaches
  • Ability to teach, counsel, and supervise in Spanish and/or Hmong languages
  • Professional ministry or missions experience
  • Involvement in an Anabaptist/Mennonite church


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 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:   The link to the application is within the job description at http://www.fresno.edu/visitors/careers

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:                           

            Dr. Valerie Rempel

            Vice President and Dean of the Biblical Seminary

            Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary

            1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box. 14

            Fresno, CA 93702

            OR: email [email protected]

Fresno Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or physical handicap in its hiring practices. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.