Dr. Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock is a Professor of Communication and Performance Studies and Graduate Coordinator of Liberal Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Director of The UNCW Storytellers, Hawk Tale Players, and Just Us: Performance Troupe for Social Justice, and UNCW Performance Ethnography.
Dr. Scott-Pollock’s research focuses on Personal Narrative as Performance of Identity in Daily Life with a focus on stigmatized embodiment. She has published numerous articles that can be found in journals such as Text and Performance Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. Her book, Embodied Performance as Research, Art, and Pedagogy is published with Palgrave MacMillan. Embodied Performance as Applied Research Art and Pedagogy was honored by the National Communication Association with the Lilla A Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies and the Best Book in Ethnography.
She is the recipient of the National Communication Association’s Ethnographic Article of the Year Award, Best Ethnographic Book Award, and the Best Book Chapter Award as well as the Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies. She is also the recipient of the Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education. At UNCW she is the recipient of The Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, The Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award, The Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Janet Ellerby Women’s and Gender Studies Award. In her local community she is the 2015 “Woman to Watch In Education Award” winner for Wilma Magazine: Wilmington’s Successful Women, and was the 2018 YWCA Woman of Achievement for the Cape Fear region. Her one-woman show Gazed At: Stories of a Mortal Body was an official selection for the 2020 Cucalorus Film and Performance Festival and was the plenary performance for the 2021 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
Dr. Scott-Pollock’s love and passion for accessible storytelling, performative writing, and poetry for social justice extends to her love of raising four boys, Tony, Vinny, Nico, and Theo with her husband, Evan Scott-Pollock.