Department: School of Education
Reports to: Dean of the School of Education
Status: 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Education
Time commitment: Half time term appointment for one year
Start date: July 1, 2021

The Assistant Program Director (APD) for the Division of Language, Literacy and Culture will provide visionary leadership for the MA in Education: Reading/Language. This candidate will add their expertise to developing coursework and program pathways that prepare prospective and practicing teachers to meet the literacy and language development needs of students in the Central Valley. The APD will teach in the program and provide support for the Program Director in admissions, advising, marketing, and development of partnerships with Central Valley school districts.


  • Co-lead an innovative MA in Reading program. This program includes the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and is   approved by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials (CCTC). 
  • Teach key courses in the Masters of Reading and Language program (10 units – 4 courses, with 2 units of overload) 
  • Collaborate to build pathways for a wide range of teachers to obtain their Masters in Reading. 
  • Network with local school districts to build partnerships that support literacy instruction in schools. 
  • Assist with recruitment and marketing to grow the Masters in Reading program.  
  • Non-Teaching Assignment Load: 5 units 



  • Earned terminal degree (either Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in education OR near completion of a doctoral program with specialization in reading, or curriculum with an emphasis in language and literacy development, cultural diversity in language and literacy, or a closely related field. 
  • Expertise in reading and language pedagogy especially for children from low socio-economic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual settings. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of socio-psycholinguistics as well as foundational skills in language development. 
  • Evidence of successful experience teaching reading/language arts in the public schools. 
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement. 
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university's mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, including involvement with a local faith community. 


  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level, with adult students. 


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months.


A link to the application is available below.

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:

Dr. Gary Gramenz
School of Education, Box 2001
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.