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Search for Distinguished Scholar in Guitar/Music Industry (Assistant Professor of Music)

The Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Distinguished Scholar in Guitar/Music Industry and tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music. The home campus for this position will be the Armstrong campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The “new” Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University’s academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution’s Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, The Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music offers student-centered degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Students are mentored by a faculty of dedicated teacher-scholars, who are nationally and internationally known in their fields of expertise. The new music industry program will cater to students looking for a career in the evolving music industry scene of the 21st century.

Position Description. Reporting to the school chair, the Distinguished Scholar in Guitar/Music Industry is an academic (10 month) appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Successful candidate will be Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry program and will be the public representative for the Gretsch Instrument Collection, working closely with the Gretsch Museum and Library as the long-term lead in donor and Georgia Southern relations. The successful candidate will have a background in music industry, with guitar as the applied instrument. Duties include a) teaching applied guitar; b) teaching courses in the music industry program; c) acting as program coordinator for B.A. Music Industry including preparing assessment reports related to the program; d) advancing the public face of the Gretsch collection through regular clinics,performances, ,and scholarship; e) performing additional duties as assigned. The Distinguished Scholar in Guitar/Music Industry will file annual reports of progress to the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s office.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in music industry or closely related field by August 1, 2021
  • Guitar as primary instrument.
  • Music Industry Experience.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in music or closely related field
  • Experience with live sound reinforcement
  • Experience in managing music instrument collections
  • Three or more years of college/university teaching experience

Screening of applications begins May 19, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

            Dr. Stephen Primatic, Search Chair, Search 67829

                                    Georgia Southern University

            Electronic mail:

            Telephone: 912-344-2826

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.


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