Julie Voelker-Morris

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  • Title: Senior Instructor II/Career Services Director
  • Additional Title: Director, UO Common Reading, See https://fyp.uoregon.edu/common-read
  • Phone: 541-346-2179
  • Office: 121A Hendricks Hall
  • Office Hours: Email, call, or stop by to make an appointment.
  • Affiliated Departments: Arts & Admin
  • Interests: experiential learning, professional and career development, cultural agility, systems of oppression and access, arts & cultural leadership, art & popular culture, arts and culture in parks and recreation
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My instructional practice focuses on graduate students in Planning, Public Policy & Management. In my courses, students engage in applied and experiential learning to prepare them for the professional and career goals they have identified. They have opportunities to build specific knowledge bases, skill sets, and professional practices. I encourage students to explore significant concerns around the interdisciplinary nature of and power dynamics of managing and administering, critiquing and interpreting, writing and researching. I support and guide students through plans for their professional life, including internship and career opportunities.

In addition to my instructional role, I am the Director of UO Common Reading housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success. Each year, UO Common Reading offers a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, and staff around a book relevant to today's interconnected society.  Engagement with these books in curricular and co-curricular settings creates a sense of community, encourages critical reading, and introduces students to the nature of inquiry, creativity, and research.

I serve as an invited member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the international Association of Arts Administration Educators. I have served on advisory boards for ArtCore, the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, and the Oregon Arts Commission.


Current UO Courses

PPPM 604: Internship

PPPM 604: Internship Nonprofit

PPPM 623: Professional Development I

PPPM 663: Professional Development II


Past UO Courses

AAD 199: Portable Life Museum
AAD 199: Art Meets Science: Making the Invisible Visible

AAD 250: Art & Human Values
AAD 251: Art and Visual Literacy
AAD 252: Art and Gender

AAD 301: Understanding Arts & Creative Sectors
AAD 312: Arts Management

AAD 421/521: Cultural Programming
AAD 471/571: Performing Arts Management


Courses at Prior Institutions

Theatre Across the Disciplines

Writing Across the Disciplines

Costuming for the Stage

Theatre History I

Makeup for the Stage

Theatre Projects

Managing and Organizing Your Time

Research Interests

My current research interests include experiential learning for professional and career development in public and nonprofit sector settings; systems of access, marginalization, and belonging in public and nonprofit workplace settings; and active and engaged teaching and learning for public and nonprofit sector students.   I have special interests in issues related to gender, the working class, and art alongside various elements of performance, process, and production of identity.

Previously, I have studied and written on arts and culture in recreation and leisure settings, the state of arts education policy and practice in Oregon, representations of comic book superheroes, and the history of large-scale theatrical pageants in the City of Eugene, Oregon. I have published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society; Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics; Willamette Valley Voices; and Northwest Theatre Review.  I also published a book chapter (2018) on arts and culture in parks and recreation settings for an introductory textbook.

I am current editor for the Teaching Notes section of the American Journal of Arts Management.  I have served on the editing team for Studies in Art Education, am Past Editor for CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers, and was a lead reviewer for a text on Women Cartoonists published by Canadian Scholars.

Recent Awards & Memberships

2017 UO Williams Fellowship for Excellence in Undergradute Teaching

Member, UO Provost's Teaching Academy

2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 UO Rippey Innovative Teaching Award

CSWS Travel Grants


Member, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Invited Member, 2016-present, Association of Arts Administration Educators Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

2016-2017 UO Working Group on Inclusive and Intercultural Teaching

DKG International Distinguished Women Educators, Inductee 2012

Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary

Southwestern Campus Players Theatre Honorary







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