Ashley Murphy

Assistant Director
(610) 758-6129


Ph.D., Applied Linguistics
Ball State University

Murray State University

B.A., Spanish & Art History
Vanderbilt University

Philosophy of Teaching

My teaching philosophy is a constant pursuit of an ever more student-centered classroom. My goal is to limit my own lecturing to less than 20% of class time. I’m not “there” yet, but I’ve increased the amount of student activity and student talk in all my classes. My administrative philosophy is to serve as a teacher coach, fostering teacher agency and facilitating each teacher’s individual, autonomous professional growth. Our students benefit from our department’s diversity of teaching styles.

Professional Interests

  • Dialect equality
  • Teaching composition to ESL students
  • Teacher coaching
  • Culture
  • Tutoring international students

Selected Professional Presentations

  • 2021 "First-Year Composition and ESL Integration: A Case Study." TESOL, Houston, Texas.
  • 2019 "How Can We Get Them to Speak English?: Multilingualism in Higher Education." With Mark Ouellette. Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • 2019 "Scaffolding First-Year Composition Students to Research through Eco-composition." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 2017 "Raising Environmental Awareness with University Writing Activities and Group Projects." With Jennifer Lund and Jennie Roloff Rothman. TESOL, Seattle, Washington.
  • 2011 “Connecting Memory and Research Through Eco-Composition.” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 2011 “Communicating Across Cultures: The Role of Culture In the Tutoring Session.” With Elmar Hashimov. East Central Writing Center Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 2011 “The Southern Dialect in Kokomo, Indiana.” Practical Criticism Midwest, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
  • 2009 “The Translation of Protestant Hymns into Korean.” Language and Linguistics Student Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 2009 “Telling Half the Story: The Absence of Discourse Transcriptions in Neurolinguistic Research.” Practical Criticism Midwest. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.


  • 2018, April 24. "Teaching ESL Writers Research Through Eco-Composition." Environmental Responsibility Professional Learning Network Newsletter, no. 8. With Mary Newbegin, Teresa Cusumano, and Kayla Landers
  • 2013 “Eco-Composition: Blending Memoir and Research Paper.” Chapter in the online teaching guide for The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, pp. 85-97. Edited by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret E. Savoy. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions.
  • 2012 “Teaching Dialect Awareness in the College Composition Classroom: An Evaluation.” Dissertation accepted and submitted in fulfillment of requirements for a Ph.D. in English.
  • 2012 “Teaching Linguistic Diversity through Theater Arts.” Film submitted as part of the project “Inclusive Pedagogy and Diversity: Education for the 21st Century.” Film, Ball State University. With David Concepción.
  • 2009 “Connecting Memory and Research Through Eco-Composition”. Indiana English, Volume 31, Number 1. As Ashley Nicole Ellison.

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Korean