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

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. 


  • Coordinate choral ensembles and choir tours
  • Ensure the ongoing development of a thriving and exciting choral music program
  • Conduct the Concert Choir and other choral ensembles
  • Teach courses in areas of specialization, (courses in music education, church music, music history, music theory, ear-training, composition, conducting, opera, music performance, and/or others)
  • Develop curriculum in choral pedagogy
  • Advise music majors and minors as well as mentor general education students
  • Recruit students into the choirs and music program
  • Nurture relationships with high school directors and churches in the area
  • Coordinate annual high school choral festival
  • Maintain an active schedule of performances at churches and collegiate choral festival
  • Participate in departmental and university activities
  • Participate in service to the community



  • Earned doctorate in Choral Conducting or Music Education (Choral Emphasis) (those nearing terminal degree completion, may be considered)
  • Record or promise of scholarly/performance achievement
  • Experience in college-level teaching with demonstrated excellence in the areas of conducting, teaching conducting, and choral music
  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a collegial environment
  • Ability to teach and work with persons of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Successful recruitment and retention of students in a choral program
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local Fresno area church
  • Understanding of issues pertaining to the integration of faith with the discipline of choral music


  • Willingness to teach in secondary area of expertise, general education music courses, etc
  • Experience with academic administrative leadership


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 to:

Dr. Ron Herms, Dean
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.