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Ashlee Lewis, Ph.D.

Title: Research Associate Professor
Department: Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Center
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-5090

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Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Ashlee Lewis, Ph.D.


Ashlee Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina in 2013. She completed an M.Ed. in Educational Research from the University of South Carolina in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music (vocal concentration) from Columbia College.


Lewis' work spans a variety of areas, focusing primarily on program evaluation, applied research, and classroom assessment. Her program evaluation work is often mixed methods with an emphasis on culturally responsive, utilization-focused evaluation methods and qualitative methodologies. She has examined arts education programs across South Carolina through applied research and is the director of the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program. Much of her program evaluation work has centered on teacher professional development programs and has spanned many content areas, including ocean sciences, U.S. history, visual and performing arts, and science inquiry. She is the lead evaluator for the Carolina Family Engagement Center, the Carolina Teacher Induction Program (CarolinaTIP), the Apple Core Initiative, and the STEM Teens Research Project.


Lewis has taught EDFI 300: Schools in Communities and EDRM 423: Classroom Assessment and EDFI 731: Qualitative Research in Education. She is a frequent guest lecturer for courses in the College of Education.


Fan, X., Jiang, N., & Lewis, A. (2020). Factors associated with fourth graders’ music achievement assessed by SCAAP.  International Journal of Music Education.

Bryan, M. & Lewis, A. (2019). Culturally Responsive Evaluation as a Form of Critical Qualitative Inquiry. In G.W. Noblit (Ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.545

Lewis, A., Burgess, Y. & Fan, X. (2019). The South Carolina Arts Assessment Program. In T. Brophy & J. Longtin (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Lewis, A. (2016). Making meaning of race and racialization in the lives of five international graduate students. In K. Bista & C. Foster (Eds.), International Student Mobility, Services, and Policy in Higher Education (pp. 59-80). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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