Ashley Hopkins

Assistant Professor

Ashley Hopkins

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Communication


Dr. Ashley Hopkins is an assistant professor in the Communications Department.

  • (706) 729-2183
  • Allgood Hall E119


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication/ Media Stud Ohio University, 2019

  • MSJ, Journalism Northwestern University, 2009

  • BA, Arts, Entertainment, and Media James Madison University, 2008


  • Human Research/Social and Behavioral Research certification Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), 2022

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Teacher Award Communication Department, 2023

  • CURS 2022 Summer Scholars Program Mentorship Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, 2022

  • 2022 CSSR Immigration Studies Summer Fellowship Center for Social Science Research, 2022

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • COMM 4970

  • COMM 2010

    Media Literacy
  • COMM 3020

    Writing for Multimedia
  • COMM 4000

    Communication Law and Ethics
  • COMM 1110

    Public Speaking

Teaching Interests

Dr. Ashley Hopkins teaches journalism classes with a focus on multi-platform reporting and social media studies. At Augusta University she has taught Advanced Media Writing/Writing for Multiplatform Reporting, Media Literacy, Communication Law and Ethics, Social Media and Audience, Public Speaking, and the communications capstone.

Research Interests

My research broadly seeks to examine how much attention users of mobile applications and social media sites pay to the terms and conditions to which they agree prior to use. Congruently I consider how much concern said users express when considering how their information is being collected, stored, and sold to third-party developers and advertisers. My research considers how varying degrees of motivation (the reflective reasoning processes that influence decision-making behaviors) and opportunity (the ability to deliberately reflect on properties/values present within the argument at hand), affects one’s reluctance toward or acceptance of privacy permissions that require access to personal information and content.

Department Service

  • DEI Committee 2022 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • Curriculum Committee 2022 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • First Amendment Committee 2021 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Augusta University Chapter, Advisor 2021 - 2024

    Role: Faculty Advisor
  • Search Committee/Hiring of Media Production Professor 2022 - 2022

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2022 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pamplin Research and Development Committee 2022 - 2024

    Role: Committee Member
  • CSSR Mentoring Program 2022 - 2023

    Role: Mentor