Department: School of Education
Status: 11-month faculty appointment in the School of Education
Time commitment: Full-time, with faculty rank; tenure track
Start date: July 2022. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2022, and an appointment made as soon as a suitable candidate is discerned.


The Program Director for Reading/Language Development will provide visionary leadership for the MA in Education: Reading/Language Arts. This leader will sustain innovative coursework that prepares prospective and practicing teachers to meet the literacy and language development needs of students in the Central Valley.


The program director for the Masters in Reading program will have qualifications that support their oversight in the following areas:

  • Professional Development
    • Pursue an active scholarly agenda.
  • Curriculum Development & Maintenance
    • Lead an innovative MA in Education: Reading/Language Arts program. This program will include the Reading Certificate and Credential and be approved by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials (CCTC).
    • Teach key courses in the MA in Education: Reading/Language Arts.
    • Update and revise curriculum to reflect shifts and trends in literacy education
    • Design and implement Literacy Institutes to provide a pathway for admission into the LLC program.
    • Maintain program quality and plan for improvement
  • Develop & Sustain School-University Partnerships
    • Develop partnerships with local schools and community organizations.
    • Network with local educational agencies and educational leaders.
    • Participate in grant writing to support pathways for teachers to attain the Masters in Reading.
  • Assist with Marketing & Recruiting
    • Assist in the development/ maintenance of program website and marketing materials.
    • Lead information meetings to local school districts.
    • Work collaboratively with recruiters.
  • Program Administration
    • Develop & maintain advisory boards to stay current with local and national shifts.
    • Help develop and manage department/ program budget.
    • Order course texts.
    • Oversee course scheduling across campuses.
    • Edit program specific catalog information to maintain accuracy.
    • Facilitate program admissions.
    • Monitor progress of candidates (advising) through the development of EdPlans.
    • Resolve student and faculty complaint/issues.
    • Recruit, hire, coach, evaluate adjuncts/ mentors /lead instructors.
    • Oversee faculty development and evaluation (where applicable).
  • Assessment & Accreditation
    • Conduct FPU program reviews and annual assessments.
    • Assist with state and national accreditation reviews.
    • Conduct syllabi audit.



  • Earned terminal degree (either Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in education OR near completion of a doctoral program with specialization in reading, or curriculum with an emphasis in language and literacy development, cultural diversity in language and literacy, or a closely related field.
  • Expertise in reading and language pedagogy especially for K-12 students from low socio-economic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual settings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of socio-psycholinguistics.
  • Knowledge of linguistics.
  • Experience teaching reading/language arts in the K-12 public school system.
  • Record or promise of scholarly achievement.
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university's mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, including involvement in a local church.


  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level, with adult students.


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


The link to the application is within the job description at

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. Gary Gramenz
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 2001
Fresno, CA 93702
OR: email

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU 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. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. 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 Idea here.

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.