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Ashley Holmes

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Arizona


Rhetoric and Composition


Dr. Holmes’s  research explores how the lens of publics can help composition and rhetoric scholars productively theorize, historicize, and relocate writing pedagogy within community-based contexts beyond the classroom or campus. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript that argues for public approaches to pedagogy and administration based on comparative analysis of three case studies Holmes conducted within the writing programs at Oberlin College, Syracuse University, and the University of Arizona. Holmes’s research and teaching specializations include composition theory and pedagogy, public rhetorics, and digital writing and publishing. In the classroom, she often employs service-learning and place-based pedagogies to teach students how to be successful writers, mindful rhetors, and self-reflective citizens. Holmes is currently serving as an Assistant Editor with the refereed open-access online journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric Technology, and Pedagogy.


The Essence of the Path: A Traveler’s Tale of Finding Place.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 16.3 (2012).

“Debates from the Past, Conversations about Our Future.” English Journal 101.3 (2012): 36-41. Print.

“Advancing Campus-Community Partnerships: Standpoint Theory and Course Re-Design.” Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 8.3 (2009): 76-98. Print.

“Equalizing Voices: Student-Faculty Partnerships in Course Design.” Engaging Student Voices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Ed. Carmen Werder and Megan M. Otis. Sterling: Stylus, 2010. 96-114. Print. (with Ayesha Delpish, Alexa Darby, Mary Knight-McKenna, Rich Mihans, Katie King, and Peter Felten)

Selected Grants & Fellowships:

Digital Champions Fellowship, Georgia State University, 2014

Kenneth England Funding for Guest Speaker Richard Grant, Georgia State University, 2014

Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Development Grant, Georgia State University, 2013

David L. Patrick Dissertation Fellowship, University of Arizona, 2012

Recent Community Outreach Projects:

Stop Telling Women to Smile + GSU, 2014

Digital Writing & Publishing Community-Based Projects, 2013

Video Lecture on Assessing & Responding to Student Writing, University of Baghdad and GSU Linkage Project, 2013


Recent Conference Presentations:

“Open Classrooms, Public Sites: Locating a Theory of Public Pedagogy.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Indianapolis, IN. Mar. 2014.

“Constructing (Partial) Institutional Histories: WPAs as Feminist Historians.” Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference. Stanford University. Stanford, CA. Sept. 2013.

“(Re)Constituting Lived Realities: Complicating the Work of ‘Going Public’.” Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Conference. Savannah, GA. July 2013.

“Writing Transfer and Risk: Insights from Transformative Learning Theory.” Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer Conference. Elon University. Elon, NC. June 2013.

“Mapping Atlanta.” Digital Pedagogy Poster Presentation. CCCC. Las Vegas, NV. Mar. 2013.

“Monsters, Villains, and Aberrations Beyond the Classroom: The Risks and Rewards of Going Public with Pedagogy.” Invited panelist for conference opening. New Voices Conference. Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA. Jan. 2013.

“Compose Yourself: Creating Digital Teaching Philosophies.” Computers & Writing. Raleigh, NC. May 2012.

“The Writing Program Goes Public: A Comparative Study of Public Pedagogy in Three Writing Programs.” CCCC. St. Louis, MO. Mar. 2012.

“’It’s Easy to Volunteer’: A Place-Based Analysis of Virtual Service.” Western States Rhetoric and Literacy (WSRL) Conference. Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. Oct. 2011.