Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric & Composition (2021)

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dissertation: Programming Women: Rhetorical Education, Literacy, and Coding

Committee: Dr. Debra Hawhee, Dr. Stuart Selber, Dr. Cheryl Glenn, and Dr. Suresh Canagarajah


M.A. in English: Rhetoric & Composition (2017)

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida   

Certificate in Editing & Publishing

Thesis: Radio Rhetor: The Rhetorical Practices of Mary Margaret McBride

Committee: Dr. Kristie Fleckenstein, Dr. Kathleen Yancey, Dr. Tarez Graban


B.A. in English & Economics (2015)

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, University Honors

Thesis: Attention in the Digitally Networked Economy

Committee: Dr. Jason Helms, Dr. Rob Garnett, Dr. Dan Williams


Research Interests


Feminist rhetorics and technologies; technical writing; literacy studies and writing pedagogy; qualitative and archival research methods.


Publications in Progress


Journal Articles 


Rea, Ashley. “Coding Equity: Social Justice and Computer Programming Education,” in “Enacting Social Justice in Technical and Professional Communication, a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, editors Godwin Y. Agboka and Isidore Dorpenyo, vol. 36, no.2, 2022.  


Rea, Ashley. “‘Changing the Face of Technology’: Storytelling Practice in Activist Coding Organizations,” in “The Work of Storytelling in Technical Communication,” a special issue of Technical Communication, editors Kyle P. Vealey and Jeffrey M. Gerding, vol.68, no.4, 2021.

Book Chapters

Messina, Cara, Ranade, Nupoor & Rea, Ashley. "ADD CHAPTER TITLE HERE," proposal accepted for Feminist Design Rhetorics. 

Rea, Ashley. “Feminist Platforms & Feminine Practices: Mary Margaret McBride’s Radio Rhetoric,” in Widening the View: Essays on Feminist Historiography, Ephemeral Archives, and Rhetorical Education, editor Jennifer Burgess.   


Conference Presentations


"Recoding Writing: Programming Women and Coding Literacy Education" (2021)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Spokane, WA


“Gendered Ecologies of Programming Education” (2020)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI


“Programming Women: Platform Labor and Rhetorical Education” (2020)

Algorithms for Her? Conference, London, England

“Transnational Feminism and the Rhetoric of Women’s Coding Literacy Movements” (2019)

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Harrisonburg, VA


“Radio Rhetoric: Mary Margaret McBride and Archival Listening” (2019)

International Society for the History of Rhetoric Conference, New Orleans, LA


“Power and Performance in Translingual Academic Writing” (Respondent)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA


“Counter-Performance in the Archives” (2019)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA

“Towards an Ethics of Haptic Technology” (2018)

Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Estes Park, Colorado


“Invoking the Body: Touch and Making Meaning” (2017) 

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Dayton, OH


“Contemplative Writing & Digital Composition” (2017)

 Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning Conference, Estes Park, CO


“Cultivating an Ear for Difference: Listening as Sonic Archival Practice” (2017)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR


“What It Means to Compose for the Web” (2016)

Computers and Writing Conference, Rochester, NY


“Digital Contemplative Composition: A Feminist Approach to Inquiry” (2016)

Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX


“Vegication: A Commercial Xeriscaping Plan for Fort Worth” (2015)

Add-Ran College Undergraduate Research Festival, Fort Worth, TX

Awarded 1st Place for Poster Presentations


“Attention Economics in Online Sharing Communities” (2014)

Add-Ran College Undergraduate Research Festival, Fort Worth, TX

Awarded 1st place for Economics Research

Honors, Scholarships and Grants

Center for Humanities and Information Predoctoral Fellowship (2020-2021)

PSU RGSO Dissertation Research Funding Grant (2019)

PSU Enhanced Graduate Scholar Fellowship (2017-2018)

Margaret Rose-Marek Multimedia Writing Award Honorable Mention (2015)

The Lilla Thomas Award for an Interpretive or Critical Essay on Feminist Writers or Feminist Issues (2015)

Economics Department Senior Scholar & Lane Smutz Economics Award (2015)

Phi Beta Kappa (2014)

TCU Mission Statement Scholarship Finalist (2014)

TCU Dean’s Scholarship (2010-2015)



Teaching Experience


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University


Technical Report Writing 

Rhetoric and Composition

Digital Publics & Rhetorical Theory

Rhetorics of Social Justice Movements & Public Advocacy

Penn State University

Composition Pedagogy (1 section, graduate-level teaching practicum co-taught with Cheryl Glenn and Gregg Rogers)

Technical Communication (1 section, hybrid in-person and online) ​

Rhetoric and Composition (3 sections, 1 online)

British Literature from 1798 (1 section, stepped in following an instructor's medical leave)


Florida State University    


Research, Genre, and Context (4 sections)


Upward Bound


English Capstone (1 section)

Digital Studio Experience


Penn State University


Digital English Studio Consultant (2019-2020)

Revised distance education courses; worked to complete departmental instructional design goals; assisted with the department transition to online pedagogy following the COVID-19 pandemic; and completed professional development in online pedagogy.


Florida State University 


Digital Studio Consultant (2015-2017)

Led workshops on genre, visual rhetoric, and digital composing technologies for students and campus groups; worked with students and faculty to achieve their technology goals; and created programming for university-wide writing and multimodal composition initiatives.

Administrative Experience

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Writing Center Director

Penn State University

Program in Writing and Rhetoric Graduate Assistant (2019-2020)

Organized and led the fall orientation; taught semester-long course on composition theory and pedagogy for new graduate instructors and teaching faculty; handled transition to online pedagogy for new instructors during COVID-19 pandemic; managed program undergraduate interns; published annual compilation of student writing used in every first year writing course and its online companion; and ran grade appeal process.

John V. Roach Honors College    

Research Assistant (2013-2015)

Served as an intern at the TCU Press; assisted with acquisitions; copy-edited and helped revise works for publication; conducted archival research and assisted with class materials.

Writing Center & Tutoring Experience

Penn State University

Writing Center Tutor (2018-2019)

Florida State University

Reading & Writing Center Tutor (2015-2016)

Texas Christian University

Economics Department Tutor (2013-2015)

Professional Development


Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute

Race and Digital Rhetoric Workshop (Catherine Knight Steele and James Brown Jr.), University of Maryland (2019)

Conference on College Composition and Communication Workshop

Performing Antiracist Practices at the Writing Program, Departmental, and Institutional Levels and Beyond: Combating Linguistic Racism (Isabel Baca, David Green, Austin Jackson, Kim Brian Lovejoy, Rashidah Muhammad, and Elaine Richardson), Pittsburgh, March 2019.




University & Departmental Service

Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training Chair (2020-2021) 

Program in Writing and Rhetoric Teaching Mentor (2020-2021)

PSU Mentoring Program Mentor & Coordinator (2018-2020)

Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians Technology Coordinator (2018-2019)

PSU English Graduate Organization Webmaster (2018-2019)

FSU College Composition Committee (2016-2017)

FSU Reading Writing Center Committee (2016-2017)


Community Literacy Service

Mid-State Literacy ESL Teacher (2017-2020)

Global Connections Conversation Partner (2017-2020)

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County ESOL Tutor (2017)

Grace Mission Middle School Reading Tutor (2017)

Catholic Charities ESL Tutor (2014-2015)

Related Professional Skills 


Proficient in: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Audacity, SPSS, HTML, CSS

Completed Training in: Go, Python, JavaScript



Spanish (beginner speaking, intermediate writing, working towards greater proficiency)

Professional Affiliations


College Composition and Communication  

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Women in Technical Communication

Coalition of Community Writing

Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Rhetoric Society of America 

International Society for History of Rhetoric 


Relevant Coursework


Professional Writing (Stuart Selber)

Ethnic Rhetorics (Keith Gilyard)

Feminist Rhetorics (Cheryl Glenn)

Rhetorics and Technologies (Stuart Selber)

Language Socialization Across Contexts (Suresh Canagarajah)

Rhetoric, Archives, Information (Pamela VanHaitsma)

Rhetoric’s Sensorium (Debra Hawhee)

Theories of Rhetoric and Composition (Suresh Canagarajah)

Platform, Software, and Code Studies (Brian Lennon)

Histories and Historiographies of Rhetoric (Cheryl Glenn)

Embodied Rhetorics (Kristie Fleckenstein)

Digital Revolutions & Convergence Culture (Kathleen Yancey)

Research Methods in Writing Studies (Michael Neal)

Global Rhetorics (Tarez Graban)

Composition Theory (Kathleen Yancey)

Rhetorical Theory (Kristie Fleckenstein)

Rhetoric & Poetics (Ann George)

Digital Rhetorics (Jason Helms)