Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, and Professor of Music at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. In his role as Associate Vice President, he supervises the Registrar’s Office, is the Academic Affairs Liaison to the university’s Personnel and Faculty Development Committees, manages the work of the university’s Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee, and serves as the Director of Summer School. In 2017-2018, he was a member of the Steering Committee for the university’s reaccreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, and was the lead writer for the institutional Assurance Argument (Self-Study).
In 2003, Kolwinska joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM) as Assistant Professor of Music, teaching low brass lessons, brass methods, music appreciation, and freshman studies. In 2005, he became Chair of the Music Department at UTM. As Chair, he oversaw the department’s successful reaccreditation effort with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and was a member of the design committee for a $14 million renovation and addition to the Fine Arts Building. While at UTM, he served on the faculty of the Governor’s School for the Humanities and was a Visiting Professor at Hirosaki University in Japan.
In 2008, Kolwinska was appointed Chair of the Department of Music at University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNW) in Minnesota. As Chair, he oversaw an extensive ensemble touring program and the Academy of Music, a community music school which enrolls 700 students in lessons, ensembles, and summer camps. He also guided the department through reaccreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the launch of a new degree in Music Ministry. In 2014, he was appointed the founding dean of UNW’s College of Arts & Humanities with oversight of 6 departments—Art & Design, Communication, English & Literature, History & Related Fields, Music & Theatre, and World Languages. In 2015-2016, he served on the design committee for an $8 million renovation and addition the Beverly and John Lord Knight Performance Hall.
Kolwinska holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He was the second trombone in the Jackson Symphony (Tennessee) from 2003-2008, and has been an active freelance trombonist for more than twenty years, performing with groups such as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, and Omaha Symphony. He also serves as a literature and recording reviewer for the International Trombone Association Journal.
Kolwinska has served as Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Music Executives of Colleges and Universities (TAMECU) and President of the Minnesota College and University Council for Music (MCUCM). He also serves as an accreditation visitor for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
B.M., Bob Jones University
M.M., University of Nebraska
D.M.A., University of Minnesota