Ashley Vaught’s Work History

A work photo of Ashley Vaught

Presently I work for two different companies: the Philadelphia-based photography production company Wonderful Machine for the past two years and the national entrance examination prep company C2 Education for the past five years.

Before that, I taught at Villanova University in its Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Philosophy Department, and Ethics Program; at Fordham University in its Philosophy Department; at New York University in its Liberal Studies Program; at Hunter College CUNY in its Philosophy Department; and at the Philadelphia Community College in its Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.

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Work History

At Wonderful Machine

A photography and video production company and an international directory of commercial photographers.

Screenshot of the homepage of WonderfulMachine.com, where I work

In January 2019 Bill Cramer, the CEO of Wonderful Machine, invited me to join his company. I’ve had a a few roles since then.

For the past year I have been the Editorial Director and SEO Consultant, which means that I’ve been

  • writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing articles for the commercial photography industry;
  • overseeing Member Open House and Instagram Live series;
  • conducting SEO audits for member photographers and providing recommendations for best practices;
  • and partially managing the migration of the site’s 4,000 blog posts from Expression Engine CMS to WordPress.

Before that, my role was the Content Strategist and SEO Consultant, meaning that I was

  • writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing articles for the commercial photography industry;
  • managing monthly emailer production;
  • overseeing the various static pages of the site;
  • and conducting SEO audits for member photographers and providing recommendations for best practices.

Achievements:

Helped shape the beginning of the “Creative In Place” series as part of WM’s way to respond to the COVID pandemic

Implemented better SEO practices on the site blogs and across the site generally

Oversaw the migration of articles from the older CMS (Expression Engine) to the newer CMS (WordPress)

Taught writers how to use the em-dash and the semicolon

Even before that, I worked as the Member blog editor, editing and scheduling spotlight articles promoting recent projects my commercial photographers.

When I started, my role was Internal documentation, which meant that maintained the labyrinthine documentation of the company’s processes.


C2 Education, a national tutoring agency 

Teacher

  • Teaching students critical thinking and higher-level reading skills and reinforcing grammar and style principles for good writing.
  • Tutoring students in preparation for the SAT, ACT, and AP subject tests, raising test scores 150-250 points on average
  • Assisting students with the composition of successful college application essays
  • Achievement: Students admitted to Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, etc.

Villanova University, Augustine and Cultural Studies Program

Adjunct Assistant Prof.

  • Teaching responsibilities for 2-3 undergraduate courses each semester
  • Maintained detailed records of contributions of all course participants and prepared all documents for the successful implementation of course goals
  • Achievement: Converted students to Catholicism, philosophy, and a life of thoughtful contemplation. Just kidding about the Catholicism.

New York University, Liberal Studies

Adjunct Assistant Prof.

  • Teaching responsibilities for 2-3 courses each semester

Hunter College SUNY, Philosophy Department

Adjunct Assistant Prof.

  • Teaching responsibilities for 2-3 courses each semester

Fordham University, Department of Philosophy

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow

  • Teaching responsibilities for 3 courses each semester

Education History

Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

M.A. in English, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

B.A. in English, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH