Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Ashley Gess

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Education
Department of Teaching and Leading

The Graduate School


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


  • 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

  • Certificate of Recognition Richmond County Schools, 2018

  • Education Innovation Award Augusta University, 2018

  • Education Innovation Award Augusta University, 2017

  • 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

  • EDTD 6044

    I-STEM/STEAM: Driving Forces
  • EDTD 6033

    ISTEM/STEAM Pedagogy
  • EDTD 6055

    ISTEM/STEAM Ed: Clinical
  • EDTD 6950

    Selected Topics: STEAM in the Community

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices of STEAM Education, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • UNBROKEN, 2018
    Art - Exhibition, Group
  • UNBROKEN: Life, Learning, Mandala, 2017
    Art - Exhibition, Group
  • Design-Based Virtual Biology: Finally Something That Works., 2014
    Conference Proceeding

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

  • Graduate Doctoral (Thesis) Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • CTETE Research Committee 2018 - Present

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

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2017 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • 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
  • STEAMteams professional development 2017 - 2018

    Role: Workshop Organizer