Julie Hammond (BFA, MFA) is an Associate Professor, Director of Dance Education, and a K12 Licensure Supervisor at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Her areas of research are arts assessment, curriculum development, mindfulness, outreach and community work, and “teaching teachers how to teach” in K12, higher education, and integrated and dance education classrooms and programs.  She has been repeatedly invited to present her work nationally at NDEO Conferences, regionally at ACDA conferences, and statewide as a curriculum track leader in dance at the Mississippi Gifted Child (MGAC), Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), and Whole Schools Initiative Conferences (WSI).  She has worked extensively as an independent artist-in-residence in K12 schools throughout Mississippi, which extended to Australia this past year.  White is a dedicated advocate for the importance of movement in learning and the essential inclusion of artful instruction in education.  In 2016, she was appointed to the  MAC Teaching Artist Roster and was selected for a third year as a Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education artist-in-residence.  Hammond is co-founder and education director for the Mississippi Dance Festival, co-founder and co-director of Camp Create, and the creator of “Wiggle Genius” (http://www.wigglegenius.com) – a website for K12 classroom teachers that disseminates the many approaches to teaching academics artfully with dance.  In 2013, she was awarded the Southern Miss College of Arts & Letters “Teacher of the Year Award” and the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education “Excellence in Higher Education Award” for her contributions to, and accomplishments in, dance and education.