People in conversation

Jennifer West, PhD

Academic Associate
Photo: Jennifer West

Dr. Jennifer Ellis West is an Academic Associate at Essential Partners. She helps facilitate trainings for faculty in using dialogic practices in the college classroom.

As a writing teacher, Jennifer has been helping college students connect their convictions to their stories for almost 20 years in a variety of settings. She currently serves as a faculty member in the English Department and as the Director of the Core Writing Program at Samford University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University and a B.A. and M.A. in English from Mississippi College.

Jennifer lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and two daughters, where they enjoy baking, taking long walks with their dog, and playing spades.