Faculty in Biology

Full-time, one-year appointment with faculty rank; non-continuing status track (non-tenure), 9 month faculty appointment in the School of Natural Sciences.

Start Date:

August 1, 2014

Job Description:

The biology department invites applications for a full-time, one-year appointment in biology with the possibility of application for a continuing status (internal track comparable to tenure) position next year.


Teach courses from among the following (depending upon faculty expertise and departmental need): non-majors introductory biology, majors general biology (diversity & ecology), human physiology, biochemistry, invertebrate zoology, bioethics, microbiology and biological research methods.



  • Master’s degree in a field of biological science; 
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement; 
  • Participate in scholarly, departmental and university activities; 
  • Mentor and advise pre-health or biology majors (as well as general education students); 
  • Evidence of potential for excellent college-level instruction; 
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment; 
  • Ability to integrate biology and Christian faith; 
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church. 


  • Doctorate in a field of biological science; 
  • Desire to participate in and develop research projects with undergraduate students.

University Description:

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 3,500 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.


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.


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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:

  • Karen Cianci, Ph.D.
  • Dean of the School of Natural Sciences 
  • Fresno Pacific University 
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue 
  • Fresno, CA 93702 
  • Or email: natural.sciences@fresno.edu