Department: School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences
Time commitment: 9-month faculty appointment
Start date: August 2018


Fresno Pacific University is a Hispanic Serving Institution located in the San Joaquin Valley of California; the population is diverse including a great number of Hispanic young people. This position will contribute to the enrichment and sustainability of the language and culture of the Central Valley, as well as increase the knowledge of Hispanic culture and language for all students. The program makes a significant contribution to liberal arts education, helping students develop language and cultural proficiency in a multicultural context.


The department is looking for an Assistant / Associate Professor of Spanish who can function as a generalist. Possible specialties include Peninsular or Latin American literature. Candidates must be able to teach intermediate and advanced courses which include culture, language, critical theory, and research. The faculty member will be expected to engage in scholarly activity, contribute to ongoing program assessment and evaluation, and advise students.



  • Earned terminal degree in Spanish language, literature, or related field;
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
  • Mentor and advise Spanish majors (as well as general education students);
  • Experience or aptitude for outstanding college-level teaching;
  • Desire to participate in and develop research papers and projects with undergraduate students;
  • Ability to work with students, staff, and faculty in a collegial environment;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church.


  • Evidence of scholarly contributions to the field of Spanish language and culture;
  • Understanding of the field of Latin American Studies;
  • Interest and experience in online development for hybrid courses.


Dependent on qualifications and experience, and paid out over 12 months. 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 vitae, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:

Dr. Ron Herms
Fresno Pacific University
School of HRSS, Box 2301
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702

OR email

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2017.

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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.