Ashley Stone

Ashley Stone
Director of HEA Master's Program
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

Ashley Stone is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. Her research focuses on rural students in higher education. She works to disrupt monolithic notions of what it means to be rural by highlighting the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity that is often overlooked in rural communities. She also uses a critical approach to her work in an effort combat deficit perspectives associated with rural students and to uncover the unique skills and resources that they bring into college. Dr. Stone has also conducted research examining the impact of service learning courses on first-year students and has worked collaboratively with Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen on her work exploring the experiences of Latinx Students attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities.

Prior to transitioning into a faculty role, Dr. Stone worked for over a decade in a variety of Student Affairs roles, including full-time the Director for New Student Services and Student Support at Southern Methodist University and as an Assistant Director for Student Access, Transition, and Success at Purdue University. She began her career in Multicultural Affairs while earning her master’s degree at Baylor University and worked in service-learning and community engagement initiatives while pursuing her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. These past experiences help Dr. Stone bridge the divide that too often exists between the academic and student affairs divisions on university and college campuses by informing her work both in the classroom and her research agenda.

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
M.S.Ed., Baylor University
B.A., Baylor University

This installment of the Ecology of Education series was presented by Dr. Ashley Stone, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University.

While rural students continue to enroll in higher education at lower rates than their urban and suburban counterparts, their numbers are increasing on college and university campuses and stakeholders are beginning to take note of the potential for this population of students to help meet enrollment challenges. Still, with little research focused on rural students in higher education, it can be challenging to know what motivates those students who do choose to leave their rural community and pursue a degree. Furthermore, this population of students is often misrepresented as a monolith of white working-class students; however, in the state of Texas, where this study was conducted, a majority of K-12 rural students are actually Latinx.

Dr. Stone discusses a multiple-case study which looks at the values of Latina college students from rural communities and how those values had an impact on their choices concerning higher education.


Stone, A. N. (In Press) Small town values: How Understanding the Values of Rural Students can Influence Recruitment Strategies. College & University.

Stone, A. N. (2018). Looking back and pressing forward: Lessons for today found in the story of Barbara Smith Conrad. Texas Education Review, 6(1), 113-131. doi:10.15781/T21N7Z47B

Reddick, R., Johnson, E., Jones, A., Lowe, T., Stone, A. N., & Thomas, J. (2017). Resilience, reconciliation, and redemption: An initial historical sketch of pioneering Black students in the Plan II Honors Program. Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council - Online Archive. (551), 79-108.

Stone, A.N. (2017). Rural students and higher education: An overview of challenges and opportunities. Texas Education Review. 5(1), 1-9.

Stone, A. N. & Lowe, T. (2017). Diversity, interaction, service, and reflection: Integrating multiple high-impact practices in the first-year seminar. In T. Skipper (Ed.), What Makes the First-Year Seminar High Impact?: An Exploration of Effective Educational Practices. (pp. 131-134). Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Allen, T. O. & Stone, A. N. (2016). Degrees of transition: Latino students’ experiences in a Texas HBCU. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. 53(4), 378-390.

In the News

Dr. Ashley Stone presented the latest installment in GSEHD's Ecology of Education series. If you weren't able to attend the live presentation, you can watch a video recording of her talk, "Small Town Values - Exploring the Values of Latina College Students from Rural Communities."

Drs. Maggie Parker and Ashley Stone published a manuscript entitled, "More Than Play: Benefits of Play Therapy Training for Undergraduates and Implications for Student Affairs" in the Journal of College Student Development.

Dr. Ashley Stone was a presenter at Rated R: Unpacking Whiteness in the Face of Racism, part of the Rodham Institute's Impact Speaker Series. The conversation focused on how we can continue to work together to dismantle the structures of racism.

Dr. Ashley Stone published an article entitled, "Small town values: Exploring the values of Latina college students from rural communities" in the Journal of Latinos and Education. The article comes from a research team that she led at the University of Texas.