Research Assistance Committee
Ashley began her professional career in the state of Wisconsin at UW- La Crosse, where she received her B.S. in Athletic Training (2007). Her M.Ed. in Health Education (2009) was earned at Boston University where she was employed as a graduate assistant providing and coordinating care for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team as well as the women’s hockey team. Ashley then transitioned back to the division III athletics setting as an assistant athletic trainer at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. In 2014, Ashley made the decision to pursue an alternate career path in athletic training and went back to school to obtain a doctoral degree at Oklahoma State University. There she served as a teaching assistant for both the undergraduate and the graduate athletic training programs while earning her PhD in Human Performance (2017). Ashley is currently an associate professor and graduate program director at Aurora University in Illinois where she oversees the professional master’s program, and advises the pre- athletic training concentration of exercise science students.
Ashley is actively involved in the athletic training profession on regional and national levels. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and as a member of the social media committee for the Athletic Training Education Journal. She is also a peer reviewer for the publication. Throughout her career, the idea of teaching and student education has remained a constant focus. She currently has a research focus on education within the areas of cultural competence, transition to practice, and clinical education structure within athletic training.