Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Leading


Dr. Ashley Gess is an Assistant Professor of STEAM education at Augusta University (AU). She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Integrative STEM education.

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  • UH 377


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction Virginia Polytechinc Institute, 2015

  • MA, Education, General Furman University, 1995

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, G College of Charleston, 1988

Awards & Honors

  • Graduate Student of the Year Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 2014

  • Faculty Educator of the Year SC Technical Education Association, 2010

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • INQR 1000

    Fund. of Academic Inquiry
  • EDTD 6033

    ISTEM/STEAM Pedagogy: Integrative STEAM Education
  • EDTD 6001

    Theory into Practice 1
  • EDTD 5251

    Best Prac in Science Ed
  • ECED 3231

    EC Science Ed
  • MGED 3251

    Science Ed for Middle Grades
  • EDTD 6950

    Selected Topics: Research in STEM Education

Teaching Interests

Integrative STEAM education, Integrative STEM education, Design-based education, Place-based education, Project-based learning, Problem-based learning

Research Interests

Effects of Integrative STEAM/STEM educational approaches on student self efficacy and content knowledge; Exploring Integrative STEAM/STEM professional development and its effects on teacher self-efficacy, student achievement, student persistence & resilience in STEM disciplines; Using the integrative STEAM/STEM approach to affect wonder in the K-16 science classroom.

College Service

  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Public Service

  • Georgia Council for the Arts/GCA Arts Education Grant Panel/Grant evaluator 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • 2016 - 2017

    Role: Member
  • STEAMteams professional development 2017 - 2017

    Role: Workshop Organizer
  • 2016

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2016

    Role: Member