Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Leading

The Graduate School

Bio

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.

  • (706) 737-1496
  • UH 377

Education

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

  • MA, Education, General Furman University, 1995

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

Certifications

  • Teaching License South Carolina Department of Education, 1995

Awards & Honors

  • ITEEA Educator to Watch International Technology and Engineering Teachers Association, 2021

  • Military Appreciation Augusta University, 2019

  • Education Innovation Award Augusta University, 2019

  • Outstanding Teaching Award Augusta University College of Education, 2019

  • Certificate of Recognition Richmond County Schools, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • EDTD 6502

    Computer Science Pedagogy II
  • EDTD 6055

    ISTEM/STEAM Ed: Clinical
  • EDTD 6500

    P-12 Computer Science Standard
  • EDTD 6001

    Theory into Practice 1
  • EDTD 6002

    Theory into Practice II
  • EDTD 5251

    Best Prac in Science Ed
  • EDTD 6501

    Computer Science Pedagogy I
  • EDUC 2110

    Invest Crit & Contemp Issues
  • EDTD 6033

    ISTEM/STEAM Pedagogy

Teaching Interests

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

Scholarship

Selected Recent Publications

  • Knowledge, use, and perception of metaphors among allied health faculty, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices of STEAM Education, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • UNBROKEN, 2018
    Art - Exhibition, Group
  • Peer Knowledge Sharing Outside the Undergraduate STEM Classroom, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • UNBROKEN: Life, Learning, Mandala, 2017
    Art - Exhibition, Group

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

  • Computer Science Endorsement 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Computer Science Search Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • M.Ed Instruction 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Teaching Awards Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • College of Education/Associate Dean Search committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Chancellor's Scholars 2020 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • POPUPS Advisory Committee/Committee member 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Innovate Competition/Judge 2021 - 2021

    Role: Other
  • AU Day of Service 2020 - 2020

    Role: Other
  • Faculty Makerspace Ad-Hoc Committee 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • ITEEA, CTETE Yearbook Committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Educational Studies 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • School Science and Mathematics 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • CTETE Research Committee 2017 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Reviewer 2017 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal

Public Service

  • Kids University/ Computer Science Summer Camp for Kids 2021 - Present

    Role: Program Coordinator
  • Room 366 Podcast 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Jessye Norman School of the Arts 2019 - Present

    Role: Board Member
  • STEM Education Board, State of Georgia 2018 - Present

    Role: Board Member
  • Richmond County STEM Board 2017 - Present

    Role: Board Member