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Dr. Foley

Dr. Ashton Foley-Schramm

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Associate Director, OU Writing Center
Lecturer of Writing


Dr. Ashton Foley-Schramm is the Associate Director of the OU Writing Center and Lecturer of Writing. She earned her PhD in English literature with a focus in 19th century British fiction at the University of Rhode Island. She also earned an MA in English from Simmons University in Boston, MA and a BA in English and Secondary Education from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Dr. Foley has always had a love of reading and writing. Her doctoral research focused on depictions of male intradiegetic readers in periodicals; in other words, she studied male characters who read inside of fictional texts that were originally published in installments. Dr. Foley has participated in several rhetoric and composition projects. One project focused on ethically training and incorporating graduate students into university assessment processes, resulting in the co-authored publication “Preparing Graduate Students for the Field: A graduate Student Praxis Heuristic for WPA Professionalization and Institutional Politics,” published in WPA: Writing Program Administration (Foley-Schramm, et al., 41.2, 2018). The NSF-funded project SciWrite@URI emphasized the need for rhetorical training for graduate students across all STEM disciplines, and Dr. Foley helped train and professionalize graduate writing center tutors.

Writing center work combines all of Dr. Foley's passions: reading, writing, and helping students. She has worked in several writing centers with writers of all disciplines across all degree programs at all degree levels. Recently, Dr. Foley served as the first coordinator for a graduate writing center at the University of Rhode Island. Here at OU, Dr. Foley hopes to continue her research into writing center best practices, including providing services for graduate students and offering training to writing consultants.

Dr. Foley looks forward to working at the OU Writing Center to help each OU student learn and grow through writing.

Previously taught courses at OU: Academic Writing for Multilingual Graduate Students