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Pittman, Ashley (EdD)

Visiting Instructor I
Department of Integrated Studies
Office: MOD1 0018
Phone: 239-745-4525

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BBA, Organizational Behavior and Business Policy, Southern Methodist University (SMU)
MA, Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction – Cognate Educational Technology, Florida Gulf Coast University


Appreciative Education
Contemplative Practices in Higher Education
Nature Connectedness

Research and Teaching Interests

Contemplative Practices and Educational Technology
Nature Connectedness, Mindfulness, and Well-Being
Strength-based education (Appreciative Education)

Courses Offered

A Sustainable Future: University Colloquium
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Mindfulness in Nature

Grants & Awards

Excellence in Teaching, National Society of Leadership and Success, Florida Gulf Coast University
Teaching Beautifully, Lucas Center, Florida Gulf Coast University

Ashley is originally from Georgia but has made Fort Myers her adopted home with her husband, daughter, and three dogs. She has been at FGCU, in some capacity, since 2008 and has a deep understanding of the FGCU community and culture. Ashley describes teaching at FGCU as her “dream job” because of the passion and academic quality of the FGCU students and faculty. Her research interests include how nature connectedness and mindfulness can increase psychological well-being in college students, how contemplative practices can facilitate psychological health, and how strength-based instruction can facilitate transformational learning.