Ashley Shelton

Ashley Arnold

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Elementary, Middle & Secondary Teacher Education
Room 281 - College of Education and Human Development
ashley.shelton @

Ashley's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville
  • Alternative Certification, Murray State University
  • M.A., English, London Metropolitan University
  • B.A., English and B.S. Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Teaching Areas

  • English Methods
  • Teaching Adolescent Readers
  • English Capstone Seminar
  • Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Research Interests

  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Identity
  • Discourse
  • Writing


  • Ethnography
  • Discourse Analysis
  • General Qualitative Methods

Professional Activities

  • Member, Research Fund Committee, UofL Graduate Student Council, 2016-17
  • Graduate Student Council, Middle and Secondary Education Representative, 2015-17
  • Writing Specialist, You've Got the Write One Summer Enrichment Camp, 2016, 2017

Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
    Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
  • Literacy Research Association
  • International Literacy Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Chisholm, J.S., Shelton, A.L., & Sheffield, C.C. (2017). Mediating emotive empathy with informational text: Three middle school students’ think-aloud protocols of Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. doi:10.1002/jaal.682
  • Sheffield, C.C. & Shelton, A. L. (2017). Power, authority, guides: Slavery in Mammoth Cave. Middle Level Learning. January/February.
  • Howell, P.B., Sheffield, C.C., Shelton, A., & Vujaklija, A.R. (2017). Backchannel discussions during classroom observations: Connecting theory and practice in real time. Middle School Journal, 48I(2), 24-30.
  • Sheffield, C.C., Chisholm, J.S., & Shelton, A.L. (accepted). Caring for the past: Mobilizing emotive empathy with an informational graphic novel. Paper accepted for the 2017 College and University Faculty Assembly Conference: San Francisco, CA.
  • Sheffield, C.C., Chisholm, J.S., & Shelton, A.L. (accepted). Encouraging students to “care for” the past with graphic novels. Paper accepted for the 2017 National Council of Social Studies Conference: San Francisco, CA.
  • Sheffield, C.C., Shelton, A.L. & Chisholm, J.S., (February, 2017). Eighth-grade students’ meaning making with an informational history-themed graphic novel. Paper presented at the 2017 International Society for the Social Studies Conference. Orlando, FL.