The Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost/SVPAA) is the chief academic officer and leader of the faculty. The Provost/SVPAA is charged with the quality of academic programming and curriculum, and ensures the highest quality of educational experience that aligns with the mission, vision and values of the university for graduate, undergraduate, distance learning and continuing education.
The Provost/SVPAA’s main focus is student-centered, providing guidance to the faculty and staff in modeling and facilitating service and experiential learning. The successful candidate will support faculty development in the areas of technology in the classroom, curricular integration of faith and learning and promotion of student research.
The Provost/SVPAA is responsible for facilitating collaborative governance, working closely with the faculty senate and deans to advance innovation and creativity as expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea, mission and vision statements. The position reports to the president, serves as the first among equals with other vice presidents and represents the president in all academic matters.
As leader of the faculty the Provost/SVPAA is responsible for quality instruction through recruiting and hiring of faculty and staff in associated areas. The Provost/SVPAA directs assessment, academic planning, faculty performance reviews, academic program viability and sustainability, and the development of innovative best practices.
The Provost/SVPAA reviews recommendations from the faculty governance body and advises the president and board of trustees on policy matters related to curriculum and academic programs. The Provost/SVPAA is the chief collaborator for academics among the president’s cabinet members, and serves as the chief diversity officer in promoting curricular integration and personnel recruitment for all academic areas.
Earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline.
Record of successful leadership and administrative experience as the head of a major academic unit.
Demonstrated excellence as a college/university teacher and/or evidence of scholarly achievement.
Commitment to and understanding of co-curricular activities.
Demonstration of and commitment to integration of Christian faith and learning.
Clear understanding of and commitment to the theological distinctive and mission of the university, including its foundation in the Anabaptist Believers’ Church tradition.
Commitment to the value of diversity and interdisciplinary approaches in higher education.
Ability to work collaboratively in an environment of collaborative governance.
Evidence of fiscal planning and management skills.
Ability to effectively represent the institution to its various constituencies.
Experience with accreditation processes.
Applications, Nominations & Inquiries
The Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 31.
Applications must include
Personal Statement (not more than one page each) on each of the following topics:
Your philosophy of education.
Please share your faith journey by communicating your relationship with and commitment to Jesus Christ and the church.
How you would relate your Christian faith to your discipline in your teaching.
Read the “Diversity Rationale” document located at fresno.edu/about/our-mission/diversity-rationale. Write a brief statement about your leadership experience in diversity, and how you can help advance the work of diversity based on the FPU Diversity Rationale.
A letter of interest (not more than three pages) that addresses the relevancy of the applicant’s background and experience to each of the topics identified in the “ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS” and “QUALIFICATIONS” sections of the Profile.
A curriculum vitae.
Five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant).
Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to
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 s...tudies. 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 at fresno.edu/about/fpu_idea.