Ashley Gellert
Graduate Student

Ashley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Studies Department.  Before arriving at UGA, she earned an M.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in English/Professional Writing from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

She studies how women’s ethos in historical public discourse can persuade women to join movements or shape members’ participation.  Her work is informed by rhetorical history, feminist theory and criticism, and grounded in traditional and contemporary public address methodologies.  Ashley has studied a variety of mediated texts, including speeches, books, comics, magazine covers, and film.  Her dissertation evaluates early historical documents from the Girl Scouts of the USA.  Specifically, she examines the culture of womanhood developed in several early Girl Scout handbooks and how this culture shapes Girl Scouts’ ethos.  She also evaluates how this ethos is persuasively communicated to girls who are not yet scouts through a silent film, The Golden Eaglet and Girl Scout magazine, The American Girl.  This project has also provided Ashley with archival research experience.  During the summer, Ashley traveled to the Girl Scouts of the USA Headquarters in New York City and the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia.

In addition to her work in the Communication Studies Department, Ashley is also in the Women’s Studies Certificate Program.

Ashley has experience teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism.  She has also served as a teaching assistant for large lectures of Introduction to Public Speaking and Women’s Public Discourse.  Her teaching philosophy is grounded in practical application and student performance.  In Spring 2015, Ashley received two university teaching honors for graduate teaching assistants: the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and acceptance into the Future Faculty Program run by the Center for Teaching and Learning.