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Faculty in Nursing – MSN/BSN, Chair

Department: Nursing - The School of Natural Sciences
Reports to: Dean, School of Natural Sciences
Status: Faculty rank; clinical or tenure track
Time commitment: Full-time: 11-month appointment
Start date: 07/01/2023

Fresno Pacific University’s growing nursing program invites applications for a visionary nursing leader/educator to expand our service to the community, locally and globally. The current CCNE accredited programs include a RN–to–BSN program and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) focus which has had CCNE accreditation since 2013 and was just BRN-approved in 2021. A baccalaureate BSN program received approval to launch an inaugural cohort of 24 for Fall 2022. This nursing leader will work with a talented team of faculty and university leadership to expand innovative and Christ-centered service to those underserved in the community. The ideal candidate will also have expertise in Med-surge, obstetrics, mental health, pediatrics -or- geriatrics and enthusiasm to build programs.


  • Provide visionary leadership for the nursing department.
  • Oversee administration of all aspects of nursing programs.
  • Teach in the masters or undergraduate programs.
  • Lead assessment and accreditation reviews.
  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda (tenure-track).
  • Lead ongoing professional development for faculty in teaching preparation, nursing theory and practice, faith and liberal arts integration.
  • Develop and maintain strong community relationships both with internal and external constituents.
  • Maintain professional memberships and professional development.
  • Teach in one or more of the following specializations: pediatrics, obstetrics, mental health, and/or geriatrics.
  • Develop curriculum in area of expertise.



  • Clinical position with a requirement of a masters degree -OR-
  • Tenure-track position with a requirement of a terminal degree (or completion of a terminal degree, PhD, EdD or DNP, as a requisite for continued employment).
  • Minimum of one (1) year direct patient RN experience within the previous five (5) years of clinical nursing experience in one of the following area(s): critical care, obstetrics, mental health, pediatrics, or geriatrics.
  • Must previously have one (1+) or more years experience as a Director of a BSN or MSN program -OR-
  • Two (2+) or more years experience as a BRN-approved Assistant Director of a BSN or MSN program.
  • Evidence of effective academic, administrative leadership within BSN, RN-to-BSN or MSN programs.
  • Unrestricted and unencumbered current California Registered Nurse license.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching at a collegiate level.
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment.
  • Evidence of passion for student mentoring.
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement (tenure-track).
  • Experiences with accreditation such as State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and Collegiate College Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Doctoral degree.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner with National Certification.
  • Ability to navigate technology, course management systems, and virtual learning environments such as Moodle or Typhon.
  • Bilingual and multicultural competencies.


Dependent on qualifications and experience and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA-CREF).

  • We anticipate hiring an assistant or associate professor.
  • The Faculty Salary Scale and Placement can be viewed here.
    *If you cannot access the link, please email


A faculty application is available here - 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 vitae, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

Dr. Tara Sirvent
Dean, School of Natural Sciences
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2304
Fresno, CA 93702
OR: email

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU 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. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. 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 Idea here.

Reserving its rights as a religious institution, Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, or other classes protected by applicable law. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you should contact FPU’s Human Resources Department at As a religious institution, the University will administer the equal opportunity employment policy consistent with the Fresno Pacific University statement of faith, the FPU Idea and the University’s governance by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Placement of New Faculty Appointees on the Salary Scale 

Faculty Handbook Section 9.2.3 

The initial contract of a new faculty member at hiring will indicate step placement on the salary scale and professorial rank. Placement will be made by the Provost/Senior VP and appropriate school dean. The appropriate department/program director/chair may be consulted as needed. 

3 yrs. of credit toward tenure (section 3.7): 

Newly hired faculty members who have achieved tenure at another institution are not immediately eligible for tenure at Fresno Pacific University at appointment. However, upon the recommendation of the dean and the Rank and Tenure Committee who conduct the third-year evaluation, such a faculty member may receive tenure earlier than the six-year period upon the recommendation of the Provost/Senior VP to the president. 

Rank eligibility [see section 3.4 for definitions] 

Handbook Language 

A Master’s degree (Step 1 at Instructor rank) OR 

Master’s degree plus 30 credit hours or a Master of Divinity (Step 2) OR 

Two master’s degrees, a master’s degree plus professional certification (e.g., CPA, RN, etc.), or ABD status (Step 4) OR 

The terminal degree in the hiring field with less than 2 years of college teaching experience (Step 6 at Assistant Professor rank, Step 10 at Associate, Step 14 at Professor). The expected terminal degree is established for each academic field, e.g., Ph.D. in humanities and sciences, MFA in performing arts, Ed.D. in education, etc. 

Relevant teaching, scholarship, service, or other professional experience (1 additional step for every 5 years of experience up to 5 steps total) directly related to discipline. 

Additional steps may be awarded to acknowledge differential pay levels in professional fields where the hiring market salary gap can be established to be at least $5000. Only in unusual circumstances and in consultation with the Personnel Committee should such market adjustments exceed five steps. 

Discretionary steps. In order to respond to special circumstances of the competitive marketplace, e.g., unusually attractive candidate credentials or professional achievements, 1-2 steps may be awarded at the Provost/Senior VP’s discretion and reported to the Personnel Committee. 

Note: Language in italics is not in the Handbook but has been added to this form for clarification. 


    Faculty Salary Scale
9-month contract 1
Step Increase 2 $750
Assistant Professor
Step Increase $1250
Associate Professor
Step Inscrease $1750
Full Professor
Increase Step $2250
1   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
2   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
3   Steps 1 through 3 are not in use  
4 64650      
5 65400      
6 66150 66150    
7 66900 67400    
8 67650 68650    
9 68400 69900    
10 69150 71150 71150  
11 69900 72400 72900  
12 70650 73650 74650  
13 71400 74900 76400  
14 72150 76150 78150 78150
15 72900 77400 79900 80400
16   78650 81650 82650
17   79900 83400 84900
18   81150 85150 87150
19   82400 86900 89400
20   83650 88650 91650
21     90400 93900
22     92150 96150
23     93900 98400
24     95650 100650
25     97400 102900
26       105150
27       107400
28       109650
29       111900
30       114150
31       116400


1 Salaries are at a 9-month contract. 10-month contract salaries can be calculated by taking the 9-month salary and multiply by 1.11. 11-month contract salaries can be calculated by taking the 9-month salary and multiply by 1.22.

2 Step increase is the amount increased per step.