The Music Department of Columbia College Chicago seeks
applicants for a full-time tenure-track or tenured
faculty position in Vocal Performance beginning August
We are seeking an experienced professional with particular
expertise in vocal performance who will contribute to the
discipline in a wide variety of styles and practices through their
expertise as an innovative creative artist-performer. The
successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and
potentially graduate level; create, revise and supervise curriculum
in their area; advise the department chair in the continued
development and operations of the Music Department’s vocal music
resources; and provide other departmental and college service as
In addition to expertise in their field, successful candidates
must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials, maintain
a performing career at the highest level, and be passionate about
undergraduate and graduate education. We are particularly
interested in candidates who have performance and/or teaching
experience in the African, Asian, Latinx, or Indigenous Diasporas
who can mentor and support the college’s highly diverse student
Columbia College Chicago’s Music Department focuses on
contemporary, jazz, and popular music, and places afro-centric
music at its core. Its progressive curriculum prepares students for
diverse collaborative careers in the creation and performance of
original songs, compositions and productions, inclusive of a broad
range of styles, genres, and traditions. At the undergraduate
level the Music Department offers a BA degree in Music; a BMus
degree in Contemporary, Jazz, and Popular Music; and a BMus in
Composition and Production.
The School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA)
houses academic programs in visual arts, performing arts, and
business, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Home to more than 110
full-time faculty and over 3,000 students, the SFPA community is
deeply committed to rigorous exploration of a wide range of
artistic practices and economies, within an inclusive curriculum
characterized by a strong focus on a diversity of contemporary
styles and current industry trends. Across SFPA, we challenge the
next generation of artists, scholars, managers, performers,
designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to master the skills and
interrogate the foundations of their creative disciplines; imagine
new futures; and contribute to the vibrant arts communities of
Chicago and beyond.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Teach at the undergraduate and, as appropriate, at the graduate
level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.
- Engage with the broader scholarly and professional
- Advise and mentor students.
- Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a
high-quality, inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia
College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
- Commit to continuing professional development.
- Coordinate and supervise vocal faculty.
- Provide service to the college, profession and community.
- Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago
We seek individuals with a demonstrated ability to work with
students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and
whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our
commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. All
faculty members are expected to advance the College's DEI
mission. For more information on the office of Academic
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit: colum.edu/diversity.
- An MA/MFA or DMA in contemporary vocal studies by the date of
- Experience with and evidence of commitment to the development
of inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College
Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
- Documented experience as an ensemble director; and
- At least 5 years of college/university teaching experience at
both the undergraduate and graduate level, or
- Working knowledge of current hardware and software used for
digital music production as it relates to contemporary vocal
- Knowledge of music theory, composition/song writing, and
performance practice as they relate to contemporary vocal
- An active record of creative practice at top national level
demonstrating a broad expertise in contemporary styles, including
Pop, Latin and Jazz; and
- Documented experience with Learning Management Systems and
To apply for this position,
submit the following materials
- A letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications,
and vision for the position.
- A curriculum vitae.
Evidence of Inclusive Excellence Statement describing actions
you have taken to support and advance diversity, equity, access and
inclusion in service, teaching, or research/creative activity.
Please be succinct with your response.
- Contact information for three references. References will not
be contacted without prior consultation with the applicant.
Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled. For best consideration,
apply by April 4, 2022.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a
comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities
required of the employee and is subject to change based on the
needs of the department and/or college.
About the College
Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for
creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop, the College is centered
in one of the world's most lively urban cultural areas. Its many
competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the
creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students,
impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere
commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into
proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our
faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits
with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible
spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental,
death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options;
work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement
and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become
part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares
students for success in their creative fields through innovation,
engagement and real-world experiences.
- Position subject to a background screening.
- This is a non-union position.
- This position is overtime exempt.
Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity
employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and
regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age,
disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other
protected classes under the law.