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Prof. Mary Ash Earns Doctoral Degree

Dr. Mary Ash

For the last several years, Prof. Mary Ash has faced extraordinary challenges.  While teaching in the classroom and coordinating the undergraduate program in Science Education at UNC Pembroke, she has been actively working on a doctoral degree in Science Education.  On Friday, 9 October 2015, she successfully and skillfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at UNC Greensboro.  Her graduate committee was outspoken in their compliments of her presentation and of her remarkable writing skills and accomplishments.  She will be officially awarded the Ph.D. degree in Science Education in December. 

Dr. Ash's dissertation is entitled, Contributions to a Herpetological Community of Practice: Funds of Knowledge of Lumbee Youth.  A pilot study based on this work is to be published in December 2015 in the Journal of American Indian Education (pp. 54-75 in vol. 54(3)): “Almost a herpetologist:” The iterative influence of four Lumbee male high school students on an informal summer herpetological research field experience (co-authored by Ash, M. C., Carlone, H. B., & Matthews, C. E.).  Her data were collected during a summer herpetology experience launched by the HERP Project, a NSF funded, multi-institutional collaborative (UNC Pembroke, UNC Greensboro, and Elon University) that engages rural school children in hands-on opportunities to study herps (reptiles and amphibians).  Dr. Ash has been actively involved with the HERP Project since its inception in 2011.

Dr. Ash joined the Biology faculty in 2008 and has been teaching a variety of biology and science education courses.  Click either (MS Word) or (PDF) for a digital version of her dissertation abstract.

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