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Shetay N. Ashford-Henserd, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor

   Phone: 512-245-3027
   Office: PED 112


Ph.D. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Career and Workforce Education. Dissertation: Our Counter-Life Herstories: African American Women Faculty's Experiences in U.S. Computing Education.

M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Career and Technical Education. Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

B.S.  University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  Computer Science.

Dr. Ashford is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University where she is responsible for teaching, research, and service. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Ashford worked for 13 years in the high technology (i.e., high tech) industry as a Technical Trainer, Consultant, and Global Training Program Manager with Fortune 500 multinational corporations such as General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Dell Computers.  Additionally, she gained experience as a continuing education and university instructor and a project manager of a longitudinal, mixed-methods research study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Ashford holds a bachelor of science in computer science, master of science in interdisciplinary studies, and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in career and workforce education.

As a career and technical/workforce education scholar, Dr. Ashford's research agenda is divided into three distinct, yet interrelated, research domains that inform policy, programmatic and research outcomes for women of color and historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM workforce.

  • STEM pathways and community/workforce development
  • Culturally-relevant/responsive program design and evaluation
  • Social/educational entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and cyberlearning

Dr. Ashford's Vita contains more information about her current publications and most recent accomplishments.

Funded Research Projects:

Principal Investigator, NSF INCLUDES DDLP -ACCEYSS: Association of Collaborative Communities Equipping Youth for STEM Success

Co-Principal Investigators: Kristy L. Daniel and Dana Garcia

Award Abstract:

Project Director, USDA NIFA/AFRI– STEEAM (science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, agriculture, and mathematics) Pathways in Rural Communities

USDA NIFA/AFRI Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities: