Karen Crozier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Faculty Development, Interim Program Director of Urban Mission
I teach in these programs


M.A., Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology
M.A., California State University, Fresno
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Scholarly Interests

  • Practical theology
  • Theological-ethics
  • Theological anthropology
  • Race, faith, and mass incarceration
  • Racial, gender, and communal healing and justice
  • Institutional leadership and justice
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Critical race theory


  • “Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission for U.S. Christian Education: Reclaiming Jesus’ Radical Kingdom of God Message for the Church,” In Mitzi Smith & Lalitha Jayachitra (Eds.), Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission, Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, In Press
  • Book review on Recovering Nonviolent History: Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles, edited by Maciej J. Bartkowski, International Journal on World Peace, In Press
  • “Women as Faculty: Managing Conflict with Grace and Confidence,” ACPA –College Student Educators International, Standing Committee for Women, Series: “Women As,” Developments, 11 (2)., 2013
  • “Appropriating the Prophetic Visions of Du Bois and Thurman:Considerations for the Academy,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, 4., 2012
  • “Appropriating the Prophetic Visions of Du Bois and Thurman: Considerations for the Academy.” In M. Mann & J. Gates (Eds.), Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination(pp. 79-90), Point Loma Press Series: San Diego, CA and Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012


  • “We Shall Overcome? Civil Rights Then and Now: A Panel Discussion on the Life and Legacy of the Movement 60 Years Brown and 50 Years after the Civil Rights Act,” Fresno City College Campus and Community Colloquium, 2014
  • “Ebonics and the Preaching, Political Moment,” Ebonics Conference: Nigritian Language: Ebonics and Linguistic Profiling,” Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
  • “Women of Colour as Champions for Access and Participation: Collaborative Career Leadership,” European Access Network World Congress, Montreal, Quebec, 2013
  • “Diversity and Its Challenges,” National Association of Latino and Hispanic Studies Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, 2013
  • “Re-membering the Prophetic King,” City of Fresno Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Commemoration Program Keynote Speaker, Fresno, CA, 2013
  • “Power to the People: Religious Education as the Recovering of Our Humanity,” co-presented with Clayton Gladish, Religious Education Association, Atlanta, GA, 2012
  • “Redeeming Racism and Other Isms: Psycho-spiritual Dimensions and Practices,” 12th International Conference on Diversity in Communities, Organizations, and Nations, Vancouver, BC, 2012
  • “Faith, Race, and The New Jim Crow,” Reedley Mennonite Peace Center, Reedley, CA, 2012
  • “Becoming a Reflective Practitioner in the Age of the New Jim Crow: Policy Impact on the People We Serve,” Alliant International University, Presidential Lecture Series, International and Multicultural Education Research, Intervention, and Training, Fresno, CA, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Fresno Pacific University Provost Faculty Research Grant, 2008
  • Fund for Theological Education, Doctoral Supplemental Fellow, 2003-2005
  • Claremont School of Theology Bishop Charles Golden Memorial
  • Scholarship for Social Justice, 2003
  • Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellow, 2001-2003
  • Claremont School of Theology Scholarship, 2000 -2002
  • Fresno County Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, 2000
  • California State University, Fresno, Graduate Dean’s Medalist, 1997
  • California State University, Fresno, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, 1994

Professional Experiences

I serve as the chair of the West Fresno Ministerial Alliance (WFMA) education committee. This committee was integral in launching a new project with Fresno Pacific University in the development of the Martin Luther King, Jr. & Fannie Lou Hamer (King & Hamer) Scholarship for African American students. In addition, I am the producer and host of a television show, “Perspectives on Faith and Culture,” which is a partnership between Fresno Pacific University and KNXT, Channel 49, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. Finally, I am a member of BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action).

Professional Affiliations

  • Peace and Justice Studies Association
  • Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Mentoring Consortium
  • Critical Race Studies in Education Association
  • Association of Practical Theology

Personal Experience

I co-hosted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 annual celebration with Karla Kirk, coordinator of the African American Studies Program, at Fresno City College. This event was focused on remembering and renewing King’s dream for peace in light of his vision of the “Beloved Community.” Also, I’ve led a study abroad experience to Colombia, South America, that focused on King’s notion of peacemaking and identity while working with Mennonite Brethren pastors and congregations.

Other Information

I am a native of Fresno, CA, and one of five children of Katherine and David Crozier. I am happy, humbled, and honored to be able to serve and lead my city and central valley through Christian higher education.