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Ashley J. Holmes

Associate Professor & Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
Education

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Specializations

Rhetoric and Composition

Biography

Dr. Holmes’s research explores issues related to public pedagogy, experiential learning, and mobile composition to understand the best ways we can encourage student writers to engage with local publics and civic issues. Her book Public Pedagogy in Composition Studies—a comparative, cross-institutional study of how writing programs and instructors “go public” with pedagogy—was published with the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series in 2016. Dr. Holmes’s scholarship on community writing, service-learning, and composition pedagogy has appeared in Community Literacy Journal, Reflections, and English Journal, and she has chapters in the edited collections Mobile Technology and the Writing Classroom and Overcoming Writers’ Block: Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs. She was recently awarded the inaugural Signature Experience Teaching Award at GSU for her work with experiential, place-based, and service-learning pedagogies. Holmes also serves as topoi section co-editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and is the Program Profiles co-editor of Composition Forum.

 

Publications

“Beyond Coordination: Building Collaborative Partnerships to Support Institutional-Level Retention Initiatives in Writing Programs.” (with Cristine Busser) Overcoming Writers’ Block: Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs. Ed. Todd Ruecker, Dawn Shepherd, Heidi Estrem, and Beth Brunk Chavez. Utah State University Press, 2017. 38-55.

 Public Pedagogy in Composition Studies. Conference on College Composition and Communication of the National Council of Teachers of English, Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Series, 2016.

“Write on Location: A Place-Based Approach to Mobile Composition.” Mobile Technology and the Writing Classroom: Resources for Teachers. Ed. Claire Lutkewitte. NCTE, 2016. 179-193.

“Transformative Learning, Affect, and Reciprocal Care in Community Engagement.” Community Literacy Journal. 9.2 (Spring 2015): 48-67. Print.

“Street Art as Public Pedagogy & Community Literacy: What Walls Can Teach Us.” Ubiquity: The Journal of Literature, Literacy, and the Arts. 1.1 (Fall 2014). http://ed-ubiquity.gsu.edu/wordpress/holmes-1-1/

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.

Selected Grants & Fellowships:

Faculty Teaching Fellowship for “Writing on Location: How Composing on Mobile Devices in Local Places Impacts Student Writing and Learning,” Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia State University, 2017-2018

Signature Experience Teaching Award, Georgia State University, 2017

Mini-Grant for Research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Georgia State University, 2016

Digital Champions Fellowship, 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 & Student Engagement Projects: 

See http://sites.gsu.edu/aholmes/projects/.

Recent Keynote, Conference, and Poster Presentations:

Keynote Speaker [Invited] for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s University Writing Program Conference. 19 Oct. 2018.

“Mobile Composition & Student Learning: Lessons from Writing in Place” [Poster]. Computers & Writing. George Mason University. Fairfax, VA. May 2018.

“Enhancing Retention through Experiential Learning.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City, MO. Mar. 2018.

Opening Statements for The Internet, Society, and Black Twitter Symposium [Invited Speaker]. Greatest Minds Society at Georgia State University, 30 Nov. 2017.

“Place-Based Mobile Composition: Grounding Digital Writing in Local Community.” Conference on Community Writing. Boulder, CO. Oct. 2017.

“Locating Retention: Data, Surveillance, and Swipe Technologies.” CCCC. Portland, OR. Mar. 2017.

“Ideology & History in Mission Statements: Supporting Contemporary Public Works of Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, GA. May 2016.

“Narratives of Retention and the Use of Big Data: How Institutional Discourses Impact Writing Programs.” CCCC. Houston, TX. Apr. 2016.

“Student Involvement in Negotiating Public Partnerships.” Conference on Community Writing. Boulder, CO. Oct. 2015.

“Reclaiming Public Space Through Digital Mapping: A Place-Based Approach to Mobile Composition.” CCCC. Tampa, FL. Mar. 2015.