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, G College of Charleston, 1988

Awards & Honors

  • 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

  • Education Innovation Award Augusta University, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • EDUC 2110

    Invest Crit & Contemp Issues
  • EDTD 6033

    ISTEM/STEAM Pedagogy
  • EDTD 6500

    P-12 Computer Science Standard: P-12 Computer Sci Stand. & Cur
  • EDTD 6001

    Theory into Practice 1
  • EDTD 6002

    Theory into Practice II
  • EDTD 6055

    ISTEM/STEAM Ed: Clinical
  • EDUC 5020

    Theories of Learning
  • ELED 3231

    E Science Ed
  • EDTD 6481

    Enhancing Student Performance
  • EDTD 6044

    I-STEM/STEAM: Driving Forces

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

  • Faculty Training- AdHoc 2020 - Present

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

    Role: Committee Member
  • Computer Science Hiring committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • College of Education Curriculum committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • AU COE Ad-Hoc P/T Committee 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • AU Day of Service 2020 - 2020

    Role: Other
  • Faculty Makerspace Ad-Hoc Committee 2018

    Role: Committee Member
  • Office of Research Intramural Grant 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • CTETE Research Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • CTETE Research Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Reviewer 2017 - 2019

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • 2017 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • 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
  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Program Organizer
  • Georgia Council for the Arts/GCA Arts Education Grant Panel/Grant evaluator 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer