Stacie Freeman, M.S.S.W.
Stacie has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and study abroad administration. She is employed as a Professor of Sociology, Sociology Program Coordinator, and Director of Global Studies at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She is also Bethel University’s Global Service-Learning and Citizenship Program founder and lead educator. Since 2011, she has led 438 travelers on service-learning programs in 8 countries. Together, they have volunteered over 30,000 hours with an economic impact of nearly $900,000 in host communities.
Stacie’s work at Bethel University has resulted in several awards, including Faculty Member of the Year, The Roy and Mary Shelton Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, and the Student Government Association Service Award.Stacie graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a Master of Science in Social Work degree. Relevant coursework and professional development were completed at Murray State University, University of Memphis, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. In 2019, she became a National Geographic Certified Educator. Her primary academic interests are in community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship.
Dr. Julie Hill
Julie has more than 25 years of experience as a music educator, scholar, performer, lecturer, administrator, and non-profit arts leader/advocate. Previously, she served as Chair of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Department of Music, where she was also a Professor of Percussion since 2005.
As a scholar/performer, Julie has presented hundreds of workshops, concerts, and lectures championing opportunities for social mobility through music, specifically for black women and underserved children in Northeastern Brazil. As a member of the award-winning Caixa Trio, Julie has performed in Peru, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. She is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and functional in Spanish.
Julie is a winner of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, the Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship Award, the UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, and the inaugural recipient of the University of Tennessee President’s system-wide Educate Award. She has received Member Laureate distinction from the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and is a Past-President of the International Percussive Arts Society. Julie is also principal percussionist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.
Julie is the Co-Editorial Director for Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of the Percussive Arts Society of which she serves as a past-president. Julie is the co-author of an audition method book entitled All Inclusive Etudes (Row-Loff Productions) and a collection of solos/duets entitled Music for Multi Percussion: A World View (Alfred Publications). Julie has numerous percussion ensemble publications with Innovative Percussion and Row-Loff Productions. Her scholarly research has been published in Percussive Notes and the Garland World Music Encyclopedias. Julie is also the owner of Black Cat Music Publishing.
Julie holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Julie Hill is an Artist and Educator for Zildjian Cymbals, and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She is an artist and endorsee for Innovative Percussion, REMO, and Grover Pro Percussion. For more information, visit Julie Hill’s website at http://www.juliehilleducator.com