Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Time commitment: Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track; 9-month faculty appointment
Start date: July 1, 2020: Applications will be reviewed beginning in January 2020, and an appointment made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


Excellence in choral music has been a tradition at Fresno Pacific University since its inception in 1944 and remains the heart of the music program today. Choral groups perform in churches, festivals, and schools. The music department offers a well-rounded curriculum for students in performance, composition, music education and church music.


FPU is in search of a musicologist who can teach the core academic courses for the music major and oversee general education courses in music.

  • Develop and teach 2-year music theory survey on a yearly basis
  • Develop and teach 2-year music history survey on a bi-yearly basis
  • Coordinate and teach general education courses in music, both online and on campus
  • Teach courses in additional areas of specialization (music education, music performance, church music, composition, conducting, opera, and/or others)
  • Advise music majors and minors as well as mentor general education students
  • Participate in the music performance program, including grading student juries and overseeing student recitals
  • Develop interdisciplinary activities and events and help develop the music department’s presence on campus
  • Coordinate music department events, such as the Pacific Artists’ Series and the Summer Music Program
  • Recruit students into music program
  • Nurture relationships with high school students and churches in the area
  • Participate in scholarly activities
  • Participate in departmental and university activities
  • Participate in service to the community



  • Earned doctorate in Music
  • Record of scholarly achievement
  • Experience in college-level teaching with demonstrated excellence in the areas of music history, music theory, and general education
  • Experience with academic administrative leadership
  • Ability to work with students, staff, and faculty in a collegial environment
  • Ability to teach and work with persons of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local Fresno-area church


  • Candidates with a broad knowledge base and multiple fields of expertise
  • Familiarity with or involvement in Anabaptist-Mennonite, Believer’s Church traditions
  • Bilingual with the ability to speak and teach, preferably in Spanish and English


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.


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, Ph.D.
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.