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


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 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.

GSEHD's Office of Student Life hosted a trip to the Newseum for current GSEHD students. Drs. Ashley Stone and Rick Jakeman were the faculty sponsors.

Faculty and students represented GSEHD at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference in Tampa, FL:

  • Dr. Daniel Klasik and doctoral student Angel Jones (Ph.D. in Education) presented in a Paper Session: The Many Paths to College Enrollment: Re-Conceptualizing College Choice. Dr. Klasik also presented in a Paper Session: The Consequences of Geographic Immobility on Postsecondary Outcomes for Low-Income Students.
  • Dr. Maxine Freund and doctoral candidates Lauren Hunter Naples and Elisabeth Kutscher (both Special Education and Disability Studies) presented in a Paper Session: Beyond Accommodation: Advancing a Culture of Neurodiversity in Higher Education. Elisabeth Kutscher also presented in a Round Table Session: “We’re Not All Cut from the Same Cloth”: A Mixed Methods Investigation of College Persistence in Students with Disabilities and/or Learning Differences.
  • Dr. Ashley Stone presented in a Paper Session: Reframing Rurality: How Empowering Rural Students Enriches Rural Research. Dr. Stone also presented in a Paper Session with a colleague from the University of Maine on The Positionality of Place: Examining How Scholarship Engages with the “Where” in Higher Education Research.
  • Doctoral student Nancy Stalowski (Higher Education Administration) presented in a Round Table Session on: The White Male Benefactor: Venture Philanthropy in Higher Education.
  • Dr. Deniece Dortch presented in a Paper Session: Naming and Disrupting the Problem of White Western Models of Socialization: Toward a New Understanding of the African American Doctoral Student Experience.