Department: School of Education
Status: Limited term, 1-year appointment with option for 2nd year; non-continuing status track (non-tenure); 10-month faculty appointment in the School of Education.
Time commitment: Full-time, clinical faculty position, with rank
Start date: July 1, 2020 or as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned

This Literacy Professor will teach effective literacy theory and pedagogy to teacher preparation candidates. This Professor will also teach advanced courses to in-service teachers enrolled in Fresno Pacific’s Master’s Degree Program in Reading/Language Arts. Additionally, the literacy professor will supervise and evaluate future teachers during their student teaching assignments as well as in-service teachers completing required clinical experiences.

Currently, there is a great deal of interest in the Central Valley by school districts to hire highly qualified teachers who understand recent shifts in literacy education, including the newly revised Teaching Performance Expectations in Literacy from the California Teaching Commission, the Common Core State Standards, and the most current ELA/ELD framework. Fresno Pacific University has sustained a strong reputation for preparing all teachers to develop expertise in teaching within literacy domains. This need has led to a growth in the Masters in Reading Program at Fresno Pacific University and the associated Reading and Literacy Added Authorization. Qualified candidates should have a deep knowledge of literacy and related fields in education and should be able to support both future and practicing teachers as they grow into efficient and effective teachers and literacy leaders.


  • Teach reading methods courses for the multiple subjects’ credential students.
  • Teach courses in the Master of Arts Degree program in Reading and Language Arts.
  • Teach pre-service credential program seminar courses.
  • Regularly serve as Clinical Supervisor of pre-service credential students and in-service teachers who are completing supervised clinical experiences required by the Masters’ Degree in Reading/Language Arts.
  • Take the lead in responding to requests from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for information regarding program changes in literacy.
  • Participate in statewide professional development opportunities for teacher educators.
  • In support of established district partnerships, provide professional development workshops on requested topics concerned with literacy.
  • Maintain professional memberships appropriate to teacher educators and literacy professors.



  • MA in Education.
  • Evidence of successful experience coaching and mentoring teachers.
  • Evidence of successful experience teaching literacy courses to college or post-BA students.
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment.
  • Ability to multi-task, solve problems and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Information oriented computer skills.
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement and/or professional contributions.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Terminal Degree
  • MA in Reading or Language, Literacy and Culture
  • Familiarity and/or experience working in the field of teacher education
  • Knowledge of a language other than English (Spanish preferred).
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement


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.


A faculty application is available at the link 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. Applications must include all required documents to be reviewed.

Send the application and all required documents to:

Gary Gramenz, PhD
Dean, School of Education
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 2001
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.