Ashley Holmes will participate in the first ever Humanities Research Center Maymester Virtual Writers’ Retreat. The HRC fellows will spend the four weeks of Maymester working on their research and writing while meeting on a regular basis to report on their progress and to cheer each other on. Holmes also learned that the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship she was awarded in 2020 was re-instated; all of the Provost’s Fellowships were put on hold last year.
Holmes is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program. She studies how public pedagogy and community-based research encourage student writers to engage with local public and civic issues. She will be using the HRC fellow position and the Provost’s fellowship to support work on her book project, “Learning on Location: Place-Based Education for Diverse Learners,” which is under contract for the Engaged Learning and Teaching series published by Stylus in collaboration with the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University. This work invites faculty, staff, and administrators across the disciplines to consider the significance of place within pedagogy—to question not just the what and how of teaching but also the where.