CBMR seeks Faculty Director

Dual appointment in Music Department

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Faculty Director, Center for Black Music Research, Music Dept. – (1600004Y)
Job Description

Columbia College Chicago, an urban institution of 8,200 undergraduate and graduate students emphasizing arts, media, and communications in a liberal arts setting, is pleased to invite nominations and applications for an established scholar to serve in a dual appointment as Director of the Center for Black Music Research and Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Music. The preferred starting date for the position is August 16, 2017. The start date is flexible, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

We seek a dynamic individual to provide intellectual and programmatic leadership for the Center for Black Music Research at this critical juncture in its history and to move the Center forward in a manner that sustains its global outreach and extends its record of facilitating, producing, and supporting scholarship that documents the black music experience across regions and cultures of the world. We also seek a forward­ thinking scholar and educator who can contribute to the Music Department’s ongoing development of innovative curriculum that places African-American expressive traditions at the very heart of contemporary musical practice.


The responsibilities of serving as the Director of the Center for Black Music Research include setting the research and programming agenda of the Center, managing the Center’s relationship with the Columbia College Library and campus community, establishing community partnerships and pursuing external funding opportunities that will help the Center become sustainable for the long term, and engaging with the CBMR’s robust international network of scholars and related research institutions. The responsibilities also require developing new curricular and co-curricular connections between the College’s academic departments and CBMR collections and programming.

The responsibilities of a tenured faculty member in Music are to contribute significantly over the course of his or her academic career to the mission of the College in the fundamental areas of teaching and teaching­ related activity; to engage in an active program of scholarly and/or creative practice, and to provide service to the College, the profession, and the community. We seek a forward-thinking pedagogue and scholar/practitioner who will contribute to the Music Department’s ongoing development of innovative curriculum that positions African-American expressive traditions at the heart of contemporary musical practice. The 12-month position will carry a 50% teaching load reduction of three Music Department courses during the academic year. All full-time music faculty are expected to contribute to the future planning and ongoing administration of the academic enterprise of the Music Department, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Columbia College Chicago as a whole.

This teaching load is contingent upon success in fundraising, grant writing, setting the Center’s research and programming agenda, and connecting the Center in deeper ways to the College’s academic departments. The teaching load will be reviewed every three years based on these criteria.


Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, by the late Dr. Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., the Center for Black Music Research illuminates the significant role that black music plays in world culture by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge and providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across the world.

The mission of the Columbia College Chicago Music Department is to produce musicians who demonstrate proficiency in performance, composition, and overall musicianship at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a distinctive focus on the creation/production of original music and composition/performance of contemporary music. We deliver a curriculum that is broadly-focused in scope, deeply-rooted in African­ American music, European concert music, and American popular music forms, in a context that leads to contemporary and technology-driven ways of making and thinking about music. Our curriculum is experiential and collaborative, acknowledging that quality music, worthy of academic study, can be found across styles, genres, and traditions that transcend time, place, and origins.


  • Terminal degree or a high level of comparable professional experience in a music-related field, such as Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Composition, or Performance; Africana Studies, or in a related field
  • A tenured appointment at an accredited institution, with evidence of success in teaching and in research and/or creative activity
  • Demonstrated expertise and track record of publication in one or more areas of black music research
  • A robust record of scholarly and/or pedagogical research, presentations, and publications on topics addressing music of the African diaspora
  • Proven experience and success in fundraising, grant writing, and management of grants
  • Administrative skills in budget and personnel management

Application Materials:

Cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references (minimum).

Review of applications begins January 31 and continues until the position is filled.

Cover letter is required.
This is a non-union position.
Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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