Dr. Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock is a Professor of Communication 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 the co-director of UNCW Performance Ethnography. All active members of the troupe are enrolled in Dr. Scott-Pollock's classes at the time of their performances.
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.
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. At UNCW she is the recipient of The Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, The Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, The Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service 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.
Dr. Scott-Pollock's love and passion for accessible storytelling and social justice extends to her love of raising four boys, Tony, Vinny, Nico, and Theo with her husband, Evan Scott-Pollock. Without their inspiration and support UNCW Performance Studies would not be possible.