Joyce McCall, Postdoctoral Resident Scholar/Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Education Department, will be honored as a Minority Access National Role Model at the Seventeenth Minority Access National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2016. Past recipients include the first African American Attorney General, Eric Holder, and Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., the first African American Surgeon General of the United States Navy. The Minority Accessâ€™ National Role Models Conference assembles high achieving innovators, recruiters, researchers, faculty, administrators, students, mentors and alumni, as well as institutions that have been exemplary in producing minority researchers. Dr. McCall believes that one of the greatest accomplishments any person can achieve is to pass on their knowledge and experience to those who have been otherwise defined by boundaries of marginalization and privilege.
Dr. McCall earned a Ph. D. in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to her appointment at IU, she served as an assistant band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas. She has also served as a woodwind and marching band specialist in Mississippi and Alabama.
In efforts to create more inclusive structures in music and education, McCall’s research focuses on the intersections of race, class, and culture in educational settings, as well as intersecting formal and informal strategies through the use of popular music and digital culture. She has proudly served as a clarinetist in the United States Army Bands from 1999 to present. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Ala.; 41st Army Band in Jackson, Miss.; and 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas. Currently, she is a member of the 36th Infantry Division Band. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.