Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Status: Full-time position, with faculty rank
Time commitment: Continuing-status track, 9-month faculty appointment
Start date: July 1, 2020

The ALPS Director will serve as head of the Language Studies minor and courses; TESOL certificate; English for Academic Purposes classes for traditional undergraduate, Degree Completion, and graduate students; and the Intensive English Language Program. The IELP is designed for second language learners, both international and domestic, seeking to improve their English abilities, particularly to meet language requirements for college and university admission. Along with English language development, the IELP seeks to assist students in their transition to life in the United States. Providing such services is an expression of the Fresno Pacific University Idea in welcoming “those of different cultural, national, ethnic and religious backgrounds to participate in its educational experience.” Whether these students come only to study English, or to complete an undergraduate degree, they are provided with numerous opportunities to be inspired and challenged by the actions and words of students and faculty.


  • Pursue an active scholarly agenda;
  • Direct the Language Studies minor and coursework;
  • Supervise the TESOL certificate;
  • Provide oversight for English for Academic Purposes classes (LANG-170, LANG-171, LANG-770);
  • Direct the IELP program and teach courses as time allows;
  • Teach Language Studies courses for traditional undergraduate and Degree Completion students (LANG-310, LANG-311, LANG-331, LANG-340, LANG-350);
  • Administer TOEFL and Michigan Placement Exams;
  • Serve as liaison between ESL and university administrative offices;
  • Advocate for ESL instructors and students;
  • Participate in scholarly, departmental, and university activities.



  • Earned terminal degree in appropriate field of study (candidates with a master’s degree, or those nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered); all faculty are required to have, or be willing to complete, a terminal degree;
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
  • Ability to mentor and advise undergraduate students;
  • Experience in, or aptitude for, college-level administration and teaching;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with students and faculty colleagues in a liberal arts environment;
  • Cross-cultural competency with an ability to navigate the inherent cultural, social, and communication challenges faced by international students;
  • Prior leadership experience;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Ability to address and model the integration of Christian faith and the field of language acquisition studies;
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement.

Compensation: 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.

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

            Ron Herms, PhD

            School of HRSS, Box 2301

            Fresno Pacific University

            1717 S. Chestnut Avenue

            Fresno, CA 93702

            OR: email

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University description

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.

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.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.