Eric E Ziolek, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Dean & Professor
Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
 Dept: College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, Dean's Office
 Office: RT 1822
 Phone: 216-687-3660,  216-687-3660
 Fax: 216 687 9202
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1822, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
interdisciplinary arts, arts appreciation
Ph.D., Music Composition, University of Iowa, 1982
Graduate School, Music Theory, Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, 1973
Brief Bio:
Eric Ziolek is a composer and pianist who has taught at Grand Valley State University and the University of Iowa, where he was also Musical Director of the Center for New Music. His works are published by American Composers Editions, Lingua Press, and the TAP Music. He joined the faculty of Cleveland State University in 1992. Dr. Ziolek served as Chair of the Department of Music from 2001-2012.  He currently serves as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Honors and Awards:
Sol Heumann Award
MTNA State Commissioned Composer--Michigan (1982)
MTNA State Commissioned Composer--Iowa (1991)
Pi Kappa Lambda
2005 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Cleveland State University
2005 Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Award for Teaching Excellence
Creative and Activities:
Active as a composer and pianist. Has written works for large and small ensembles. Recent works include a commission for Verb Ballets and a two-movement work for flutist Sean Gabriel and Codes for solo clarinet premiered in a TEDx talk entitled "Cooking Up Some Music and Dance."

As a collaborative pianist has performed over 300 recitals and has appeared on recordings with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Venner, trumpeter David Greenhoe. He has recorded music of Dan Rager and Nancy Van de Vate.
Research Interests:
Interdisciplinary connection between music and the humanities. Teaches an honors course called "The Performing Arts in Cleveland" in which students attend various cultural events after reading original sources and studying the social, political,  and artistic context for each work.
Teaching Areas:
Teaches courses in musicianship,  theory, music appreciation, interdisciplinary connections in an honors course entitled The Performing Arts in Cleveland, composition, orchestration, counterpoint.
Professional Affiliations:
American Composers Alliance

Program evaluator for National Association of Schools of Music
University Service:
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Budget and Planning Committee
Cleveland State University Faculty Senate
Cleveland State University Faculty Senate Steering Committee
Dean's Search Committee
Graduate Petitions Committee
CLASS Committee on Curriculum and Instruction
Graduate Council
CLASS Faculty Affairs Committee
Professional Service:
Ohio task force for Transfer Assurance Guide
Program note annotator for Cleveland Chamber Symphony
Adjudicator for numerous composition and piano competitions
Site evaluator for National Association of Schools of Music
Research Grants:
Kulas Foundation Grant for Student Ticket Program (eight times)
Chair's Research Grant, College of Arts and Sciences
Bascom Little Fund grant for Verb Ballets