B.S. Mississippi College, 1982; M.A. Louisiana State University; Ed.D. The University of Georgia, 1994.


Dr. Jane West is an associate professor for the Tift College of education and has been a Mercer University member since 2009. She teaches graduate courses in literacy for preservice and practicing teachers. Her teaching experience spans 30 years, with experience in preschool, elementary school, middle school, and university settings. Her scholarly interests include children’s literature and response-based pedagogies, and social aspects of literacy learning, and her SoTL work on raising the quality of elementary teachers’ writing. Dr. West has published her research in Educational Researcher, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Language Arts, and has been a book reviewer for The Reading Teacher, The New Advocate, and The Reading Teacher, as well as a contributor of biographical entries for The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (Cullinan & Person, 2001).


Teachers’ development as writers, doctoral education, qualitative research methodology, scholarship of teaching and learning, children’s literature and transactional theory, language arts and workshop-based pedagogies, social aspects of literacy learning.


Journal Articles

West, J. (2013).  Deep and lifelong learning: When theory and SoTL intersect.  Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 13(4), 11-20.

West, J.  (2002). Motivation and access to help: The influence of status on one child’s motivation for literacy learning. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 18(3), 205-229.

West, J., & Oldfather, P. (1996).  Children's voices on group work: A playlet.  Reading Research Report No. 49.  Athens, GA: National Reading Research Center, Universities of Georgia and Maryland.

West, J.  (1995).  Children's perceptions of fun and work in literacy learning.  Perspectives in Reading Research No. 7.  Athens, GA: National Reading Research Center.

West, J., & Oldfather, P. (1995).  Pooled case comparison: An innovation for cross-case study.  Qualitative Inquiry, 1 (4), 452-464.

Oldfather, P., & West, J.  (1994).  Qualitative research as jazz.  Educational Researcher, 23(3), 22-26.

West, J., & Oldfather, P. (1993).  On working together: An imaginary dialogue among real children.  Language Arts, 70, 373-384.

West, J., Weaver, D., & Rowland, R. (1992).  Expectations and evocations: Encountering Columbus through literature.  The New Advocate, 5, 247-263.

Books and Book Chapters

Swanson, K., West, J., Augustine, S., & Carr, S. (in press).  Supporting Dissertation Writing Using a Cognitive Apprenticeship Model.  In Wang, V. C. X. (Ed.), Handbook of research on scholarly publishing and research methods.  Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

West, J. (2014, September).  SoTL in teacher education:  Layers of learning.  In Swanson, K. (Ed.), Multidisciplinary collaboration: Research and relationships.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 

West, J. (2001).  Teaching communication arts.  In Many, J. (Ed.),  Handbook of instructional practices for literacy teacher-educators (pp. 53-61).  Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Oldfather, P., & West, J., with White, J., & Wilmarth, J. (1999). Learning through children's eyes: Social constructivist visions of learning and motivation.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

West, J., Wilmarth, J., Crumley, C., Dickerson, J, & Francis, M. (1999). Being social scientists: A democratic experience in teacher education.  In Allen, J. (Ed.), Class actions: Teaching for social justice in elementary and middle school  (pp. 44-58).  New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Galda, L., & West, J. (1995).  Exploring literature through drama.  In N. Roser & M. Martinez (Eds.), Supporting children's responses to literature: Book talk and beyond (pp.  183-190). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

England, D., & West, J. (1991).  Professor Lou LaBrant.  In J. Gerlach & V. Monseau (Eds.), Missing chapters:  Ten pioneering women in NCTE and English education (pp. 141-167). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Invited Contributions

West, J. (2001).  [Biographical entries about children’s authors and illustrators, including Dick Bruna, Nancy White Carlstrom, Eleanor Estes, Lorenz Graham, Brian Jacques, Blair Lent, Sharon Bell Mathis, Marianna Mayer, Anne McCaffrey, Gerald McDermott, David McPhail, Else Holmlund Minarik, Beni Montressor, Mary O’Neill, Peter Sis, Louis Slobodkin, Donald Sobol, Suzanne Fisher Staples, and Robert Louis Stevenson.]  In B.E. Cullinan & D.G. Person (Eds.), The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature.  London: Continuum International Publishing Group.

West, J., & Galda, L. (1995-1998, alternating lead authorship).  “Connecting Educators with Professional Resources” book review column, The New Advocate.

West, J. (1997).    [Review of the book Other people’s words: The cycle of low literacy, by V. P. Gates].  Journal of Literacy Research, 29(4), 617-621.

Galda, L., & West, J. (1993).  Giving the gift of words: Reading poetry with children.  The Reading Teacher, 46, 588-595.

Galda, L., & West, J. (1992).  Enriching our lives: The humanities in children's literature.  The Reading Teacher, 45, 536-545.

Conference Proceedings

West, J. (1996).  Getting help when you need it: The relations between social status and third-graders’ helping interactions during literacy events.  In D. J. Leu, C. K. Kinzer, & K. A. Hinchman (Eds.). Literacies for the Twenty-First Century: Research and Practice.  Forty-Fifth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 59-75).  Chicago, IL: National Reading Conference.

West, J., & Oldfather, P. (1994).  A cross-case analysis of children's views of working in groups.  In J. Deegan (Ed.), Cultural diversity: Context, perspectives, and voice.  Proceedings from the Sixth Annual Qualitative Research in Education Conference.  Athens, GA: College of Education, The University of Georgia.