Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Scholars Programs
Peter Tschirhart holds a Ph.D. in the Critical & Comparative Studies of Music from the University of Virginia, where he also taught music history, music theory, and English composition. His own academic interests concern "sound maps" -- musical notation and spatial diagrams that specify not just which sounds can, are, or should be heard, but where. For several years, Peter also worked as the Coordinator of Studies at Hereford College (U.Va.), where he found a passion for developing academic programs that extend learning beyond the traditional classroom.
Peter arrived at Colgate in 2013, and he works primarily with the Alumni Memorial Scholars (AMS), Benton Scholars, and Sophomore Residential Seminars (SRS). As well as thinking in "big picture" ways about program design and direction, Peter serves as the administrative dean to most students accepted into those programs. On any given day, he can be found advising students on research proposals, planning intellectual and cultural programs alongside his faculty colleagues, organizing international and domestic travel, and otherwise pondering the future of higher education.
Born in Houston, TX, Peter has developed a love of cold weather and everything it brings. He can often be found running, swimming, biking, skiing, or hiking -- and otherwise enjoys drinking tea (Earl Grey, hot), baking bread, and watching documentary films. He and his partner Brian have two cats, Simon and Lucy, who they spoil like children.