Department: Music
Reports to: Dean of the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Science
Status: Faculty rank; continuing-status track
Time commitment: Full-time; 9-month faculty appointment
Start date: July 1, 2021

Applications will be reviewed beginning mid-January 2021, and an appointment made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


The Music Department offers a well-rounded curriculum for students in performance, composition, music education, and church music. Excellence in instrumental and choral music has been a tradition at Fresno Pacific University since its inception in 1944. The Visual and Performing Arts remain at the heart of the university today.


The successful candidate will lead the Fresno Pacific University undergraduate instrumental music program, consisting of both music majors and non-majors. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Direct the FPU Symphonic Band.
  • Conduct additional ensemble(s) according to candidate’s qualifications and interests; possible ensembles include Jazz Band, Brass Choir, Saxophone Quartet, Woodwind Ensemble, and Pep Band.
  • Teach courses in areas of specialization (private lessons, undergraduate and graduate conducting, instrumental techniques, music education).
  • Oversee instrumental adjunct private lesson instructors.
  • Mentor and advise music majors (as well as general education students).
  • Recruit students for all collegiate instrumental ensembles.
  • Nurture relationships with high school directors and churches in the area.
  • Participate in departmental and university activities.



  • Terminal degree in an appropriate field. In some circumstances, candidates with teaching experience and a master’s degree may be considered with the expectation of continuing doctoral work as appropriate to the discipline.
  • Record or promise of scholarly and/or professional achievement.
  • Experience in college-level teaching with demonstrated excellence in the areas of instrumental ensemble direction and instrumental instruction.
  • Ability to work with students, staff, and faculty in a collegial environment.
  • Ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Successful recruitment and retention of students in instrumental programs.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local Fresno area church.


  • A background in Music Education is preferred; other areas of specialization will be considered.
  • Technological expertise in audio/visual production, online curriculum design and development, and distance learning as related to instrumental / ensemble instruction.
  • Willingness to teach in secondary area of expertise, general education music courses, etc.
  • Experience with academic administrative leadership.
  • Membership in a Mennonite Brethren or Anabaptist congregation, or affiliation with a historic peace church.


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. Full-time benefits include insurance (medical, vision, dental, LTD), retirement (TIAA).


A link to the application is available below.

Optional: inclusion of a video of yourself leading a concert or rehearsal is welcomed.

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:

Ronald 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.