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Faculty in Physics

Department: Physical and Mathematical Sciences (PMSCI)
School: School of Natural Sciences
Reports to: Chair, Department of PMSCI
Status: Faculty rank; tenure track
Time commitment: Full-time: 9-month appointment
Start date: 07/01/2023

Fresno Pacific University’s (FPU) growing STEM programs invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Physics to begin for the Fall semester 2023. FPU seeks professionals of Christian faith who are committed to integration of faith and learning in their respective fields. The applicants must have demonstrated teaching ability, commitment to scholarship and program development, and a commitment to working with and encouraging diversity. Courses to be taught may include but is not limited to 1) General Physics I & II and their associated labs, 2) University Physics (Mechanics and Heat as well as Electricity and Magnetism) and their associated labs, 3) Introduction to Physical Sciences and its corresponding lab, 4) Earth Science or Geology and their associated labs, or courses in computer sciences or mathematics. It is possible to consider a faculty with expertise in Physical or Geo-Chemistry that crosses over to the physics field.

Three (3), tenure-track faculty members are anticipated to be hired for the 2023-2024 Academic Year within the Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences pending final budgetary approvals. Another posting for Mathematics and Computer Sciences faculty are also listed on the website.


  • Teach in the baccalaureate program(s). Area of specialization is open but must be able to teach in one or more of the following areas: physics (both the General (Algebra-based) and University Physics (Calculus-based) series), applied mathematics, engineering, computer or data sciences, or general introductory, non-major physical science courses.
  • Develop curriculum in area of expertise,
  • Pursue an active scholarly professional development agenda while promoting a focus on student-faculty collaborative research,
  • Direct supervision of students in undergraduate research,
  • Mentor and advise applied mathematics or software engineering majors (as well as general education students),
  • Regular communication with students regarding their progress, and
  • Maintenance of student academic records.



  • Doctorate in physics or related field,
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement,
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching with a commitment to quality undergraduate instruction with attention to student success as an indicator of academic excellence,
  • Must be open to teaching in both traditional undergraduate and accelerated degree programs both in-person and online (or in a hybrid, Hi-Flex format),
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church,
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment,
  • Evidence of passion for student mentoring, and
  • Able to learn and navigate technology, course management systems, and virtual learning environments such as Moodle.


  • Expertise in computer-based algebra system(s) (experience w/open-source systems such as SAGE & R preferred), and
  • Programming skills for problem solving (Python, Java, C++, etc.).


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
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.