Ashburn, Beth

Part-time Professor
School of Arts and Sciences
Deeds Hall D302

PhD in English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1996
MA in English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1985
BRE in Missions, Piedmont Bible College 1976


Beth Ashburn graduated from Piedmont International University in 1976 with a Bachelor’s in Religious Education and went on to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete an MA in English and a PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition. She’s committed to teaching students to read, write, research, and think for the glory of God. Her research interests include rhetorical analysis, composition theory, and eighteenth and nineteenth century British Literature.

Dr. Ashburn moved from Burlington, New Jersey in the fall of 1967 so that her father could come to work at Piedmont. In the intervening years, she has had the delight of staying very close to the ministry of Piedmont. Dr. Ashburn has been able to observe this institution as the President’s daughter, as an undergraduate student, as a young faculty member, and now as an administrator. She has watched the buildings go up and the influence expand. Over twenty members of her extended family have attended PIU.  It would be fair to say that her life has been intertwined with Piedmont’s hallways, and it is certainly true that she believes passionately in what God is doing through Piedmont International University.

Courses Taught

Research: Writing and Communication (graduate)
English Composition I
English Composition II
Basic English
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
Survey of World Literature
Christian Classics
Literary Criticism
Shakespearean Drama

Presentations, Publications, and Memberships

Ashburn, Beth. Put It in Words: A Study in Effective Communication. Student Workbook. Winston-Salem, NC: Piedmont International University, 2013.
Ashburn, Beth. “Repining Restlessness: A Christian Looks at ‘The Pulley.’” Daybreak (Fall 1997).
“God’s Piecemeal Plan”,  A workshop for Christian women.
“The Hunt is On”, A play on the theme of creation vs. evolution written and performed in conjunction with Vacation Bible School curriculum.
“The Rhetoricians of Bleak House: The Phaedrus and Charles Dickens”, Master’s Thesis, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“Curses, Hallelujahs, and Amens”: The Rhetoric of Daniel Defoe—A Case Study in Didactic Fiction, Doctoral Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Commissioner, Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Ashburn, Beth