Patricia West

Patricia West

Title: Instructor
Department: English, Languages and Cultures
Discipline: English
Office: Payne Hall Rm. 109A
Phone: 912.358.3356
Fax: 912.358.4597


Patricia Ann West is instructor of African-American Literature and Composition at Savannah State University. She completed Ph.D. candidacy in Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and now pursues interests as an independent scholar. A 1976 graduate of Savannah State, she holds a M.Ed. from Georgia Southern University, and a Georgia educator certificate in Secondary English. Her teaching, research, and writing interests focus on literature, genealogy, Gullah culture, and African-American cemetery preservation. At SSU she leads her department's Publicity and Recruitment Committee, and advises the English Majors Student Association and the National Council of Negro Women Collegiate Chapter. She initiated SSU's commemoration of National Freedom Day in Spring 2013 in honor of the efforts of Maj. Richard R. Wright, Sr. Prof. West’s presentations over the last five years include the Southern Humanities Council, Southern Association of Canadian Studies, and the Slave Dwelling Project. In the community, she serves as SSU's liaison and board member for the LePageville Memorial Cemetery, Inc. As an alumnus, she serves as Corresponding Secretary for the SSUNAA Class of 1976 Chapter, Inc. and a member of the SSU Community Booster Club.

Research Interests

American Literature, Southern literature, African-Americans and eco-criticism, Gullah-Geechee poetics and literature, James Alan McPherson


MEd, English Education - Georgia Southern University

Awards & Honors

Name: Membership
Organization: Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
Date: 11/7/2014
Selected by Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Indiana University of Pennsylvania for doctoral studies scholarship. Members qualify based on academic achievement and scholastic ranking within the top 15 percent.

Name: Outstanding Doctoral Scholarship Award 2013-14
Organization: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Date: 5/4/2014
The Graduate English Program in Literature & Criticism at IUP honors Outstanding Graduate Student Awards to honor academically exemplary doctoral students in teaching, doctoral dissertation writing, scholarly publications and services.


Title: “Castaways, Cabins, and Democracy: C.L.R James and His Radical Reader-Response to Moby Dick”
Publication Date: 10/1/2013
Publisher: The CLR James Journal
Volume: 19
Issue: 1-2
Page Number: 126-132
Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
Authors: Patricia West,

Title: Preface. Organization and Spontaneity: The Theory of the Vanguard Party and its Application to the Black Movement in the US Today
Publication Date: 1/1/2013
Publisher: On Our Own Authority! Publishing
Type: Book, Scholarly-Revised
Authors: Patricia West,

Title: Review. Women's World: The McGraw-Hill Anthology of Women’s Writings, by Robyn Warhol-Down
Publication Date: 1/1/2009
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Page Number: 132-134
Type: Book Review
Authors: Patricia West,

Title: Collages: A Reader for Composition
Publication Date: 1/1/2007
Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
Type: Book, Textbook-New
Authors: Patricia West, Nancy Remler, Ph. D.,

Title: Razzle-Dazzle Reading and Writing: Motivating for Empowerment
Publication Date: 1/1/1998
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Page Number: 53-57
Type: Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
Authors: Patricia West-Williams,