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The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music seeks an exceptional artist and teacher to serve as the next L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at Columbus State University, to begin August, 2018. Appointment to this full-time, ten-month position will carry the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track) or may be designated as Artist in Residence, depending on the academic qualifications of the appointee. The successful candidate will be a dedicated and talented pedagogue, a performer of keen insight and interest in a wide repertoire, and a collegial member of a faculty that values mutual support and student success.

The endowed Whiddon Chair in Piano at the Schwob School enjoys extraordinary support through:

  • The Jack and JoRhee Pezold Division of Keyboard Studies, the first fully endowed division within the school. Funding from the endowment supports scholarships and graduate assistantships in piano as well as studio activities.
  • Funding within the chair account that supports professional activities of the artist and of the piano studio.
  • A schedule that can accommodate some travel and concertizing during the school year.
  • An All-Steinway School with 75 pianos, including both Hamburg and New York concert grands in Legacy Hall. They are maintained by a renowned piano technician.
  • Superb facilities, including one of the finest university concert halls of its size in the country, Legacy Hall. The Schwob School occupies the Saunders Center for Music Studies, within the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
  • Exceptional faculty colleagues with whom to collaborate in performance.
  • A community that supports the College of the Arts, and specifically the Schwob School of Music, at a level unrivaled within any comparable city. The prestigious Woodruff Awards, providing full funding for four years of undergraduate study plus an annual stipend to highly gifted students, are one example of such support.
  • A recruitment plan that seeks the most talented students from Georgia, from the United States, and from around the world.
  • An undergraduate conservatory curriculum and a graduate program that includes both the master of music degree and the artist diploma.

The successful candidate must recruit, maintain, and teach a full studio of piano students, including students pursuing undergraduate degrees, the Master of Music degree in Performance, and the Artist Diploma; build and maintain relationships with regional, national, and international professional organizations; maintain an active performance schedule and appropriate creative activities as scholarship; participate in department, university, and professional service; and teach other related music courses such as chamber music, piano literature, or piano pedagogy as assigned by the director of the school of music. 

Candidates will have a DMA degree in piano, or related diploma credentials, or significant professional experience in lieu of the degree. The successful candidate will be a pianist recognized nationally and/or internationally as an artist and studio teacher who can demonstrate success in recruiting talented students.

The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University is located in the state-of-the-art RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, a cornerstone of CSU’s RiverPark campus, where all the academic units of the College of the Arts are located. The quality of the faculty and CSU’s world-class facilities bring international attention to the school, and the Schwob School regularly hosts guest artists from around the world. With about 250 music majors, it offers bachelor’s degrees in performance, music education, and music (B.A.), music minors in jazz studies, music technology, and composition, as well as master’s degrees in performance and a graduate-level Artist Diploma. An innovative conservatory curriculum, approved by the USG Board of Regents in 2015, recognizes that the Schwob School of Music will continue to emphasize excellence in music performance across its programs. As part of a dynamic arts campus, Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music has been the host institution for several national and international conferences, including the CBDNA Regional Conference, International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Trombone Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference and the 25th Anniversary National Trumpet Competition. For additional information about the Schwob School of Music visit our website at www.music.ColumbusState.edu.

Columbus State University provides a creative, deeply personal, and relevant college experience. Serving the Southeast while attracting students from around the world, Columbus State thrives on community partnerships to deliver excellence for students who want to achieve personal and professional success in an increasingly global environment. Just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is a proud member of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,400 students in a wide variety of degree programs, from online degrees to a doctorate in education. Among public regional universities in the South, Columbus State University recently ranked No. 46 in the “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

CSU has a nationally recognized track record of partnership and outreach through efforts such as the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, and its own residence in Oxford, England. The University has two primary campus locations in Columbus, Georgia: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and a beautiful campus in historic downtown Columbus overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The Columbus region, with more than 350,000 residents, is home to world-class enterprises such as Aflac, Synovus, W.C. Bradley Company, TSYS, and Ft. Benning, the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters. For additional information about the University visit our website at www.ColumbusState.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 8, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. In cases of exceptional artistic merit, this requirement can be met by professional equivalencies. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring. A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.

Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Other Document 1: Links to three or more representative digital audio and/or video performances
  • Other Document 2: Contact information for additional phone references

Other Required Documents

  • Please e-mail three confidential letters of recommendation that are sent directly from individuals able to assess your qualifications for this position to:  Dr. Brad Palmer, Search Committee Chair, Schwob School of Music, Email:  [email protected]

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site.   To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit https://columbusstate.peopleadmin.com/.

Inquiries about the school and the position are welcome and may be made to Dr. Bradley Palmer, Search Committee Chair, Schwob School of Music, Email: [email protected] or Dr. Scott Harris, Director, Schwob School of Music, [email protected], 706-507-8419.




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Posted: 11/14/2017
Application Due: 1/13/2018
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