Faculty in Biblical and Theological Studies and Assistant Program Director

Fresno, California
Jan 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Faculty in Biblical and Theological Studies and Assistant Program Director

POSITION: Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track; 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences.

STARTING DATE:  July 1, 2021


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 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 world view. The interactive approach to learning is intended to move students beyond knowledge and understanding to doing, living and being. 


  • Teach 21 units/year of assigned courses in the Biblical & Theological Studies program utilizing multiple modalities and creative pedogogical practices to to engage diverse undergraduate student populations (traditional and adult accelerated) in courses which include (primarily): BIB-100/300/314 Jesus & the Christian Community, General Education Biblical Literature courses, and General Education Biblical Perspectives courses.
  • Cultivate pedagogical excellence within program through collaborative curriculum development and modeling best practices in teaching.
  • Perform administrative duties related to staffing and scheduling courses for Biblical & Theological Studies (BTS) and General Education (GE) Biblical Studies courses across FPU’s 5 regional campuses and online.
  • Provide administrative assistance and oversight (as needed) for courses in the Biblical & Theological Studies program (total administrative duties comprising 9 units of non-teaching assignment load).
  • Collaborate with the Biblical & Theological Studies Program Director on tasks such as support for adjunct instructors, responding to student concerns, representing the Biblical & Theological Studies program at relevant campus meetings/events.
  • Collaborate with the Biblical & Theological Studies program faculty on issues related to program development, assessment, and implementation.
  • Participate in and provide departmental, campus, and community service.
  • Maintain an active scholarly agenda.
  • Advise students majoring or minoring in Biblical & Theological Studies.



  • Earned terminal degree in biblical studies or related field from an accredited university (candidates with a master’s degree and nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered).
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of technology/learning management systems.
  • Ability to provide positive leadership and restorative discipline for students.
  • Ability to cross cultures and to understand and advance diversity.
  • Ability to address and commitment to modeling both the integration of Christian faith with the field of biblical studies as well as the integration of faith, learning, and action.
  • Experience in, or aptitude for, college-level teaching of both traditional-aged and adult students.
  • Evidence of experience with or aptitude for working efficiently and accurately in managing a diverse group of people in a complex work environment.
  • 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 either Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) or New Testament.
  • Bilingual with the ability to speak and teach, preferably in Spanish and English.


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).    

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. Ron Herms, Dean

            School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences

            Fresno Pacific University

            1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2301

            Fresno, CA 93702

            OR: email [email protected]

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.