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Faculty Profiles: West-White, Clarissa N.

This guide provides information on Bethune-Cookman University faculty, including their research interests, accomplishments and activities, and brief biographical details.

Dr. Clarissa N. West-White

University Archivist & Assistant Professor, Carl S. Swisher Library
Office Location: 2nd Floor, Carl S. Swisher Library
Phone: (386) 481-2198



M.S.I., Information, Florida State University, May 2019
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, English Education, Florida State University, August 2001
M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, English Education, Florida State University, August 1995
B.A., English, Creative Writing, Florida State University, April 1994

Brief Biographical Sketch

Dr. Clarissa West-White is a native of Quincy, Florida, she has degrees in Creative Writing, Curriculum & Instruction English Education and Information from Florida State University. She successfully defended her dissertation, The writing assignment: The impact teachers' assignments and instruction have on students' preferences, perceptions and class procedures, in August 2001. Dr. West-White has experience as a middle and high school English teacher, program coordinator, adult literacy director, university English department chair, and assistant professor and adjunct at a number of public and private universities in the state of Florida and online. She has completed archival projects and served as an education consultant with the U.S. and Florida Department of Education. She has received fellowships and scholarships, including: Robert Frederick Smith Internship, National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institute; Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Recipient, Key West Literary Seminar; National Information Standard Organization (NISO) Plus Scholarship Recipient; Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources  Institute Recipient; Fulbright-Hays, Turkey.
Since transitioning to the library, she has become more involved in grant writing and able to secure and or serve as Principal Investigator on grants totaling nearly $50,000. She serves as the Curatorial Director for the African American Cultural Society’s Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibition grant and most recently elected to the board of the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries.

Research Interests

Dr. West-White's areas of research remain close to those formed at the start of her graduate career:
Intersections of race, education, and information and technology.
​She also enjoys marrying community activism with literature, art and education. 


Poster Presenter at Florida Library Association's 2020 Virtual Conference, Students' Views & Access of the News, October 28, 2020

Workshop Co-Chair/Facilitator, Workshop #1: What is Afrofuturism? Definitions, Resources, and Praxis, Julian Chambliss, Walter D. Greason, Clarissa West-White, Zora Neale Hurston Academic Conference, Orlando, FL, January 31, 2020

Presenter, Poster Session, Diversity & Inclusion Research and Teaching Organization’s 2nd Annual Symposium, Perspectives and Preferences: A Historically Black University’s Student Views of the News, Florida State University, September 27, 2019
Presenter, Association of African American Museums, Jackson, Mississippi August 9, 2019
Session Presenter, National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Atlanta, Georgia November 19, 2016
     1) Advocating for new Literacies and Technologies in Classrooms and Communities, Roundtable Leader
     2) Self-Advocacy: Career Exploration & The Autobiography, Presenter
Presenter, Student Success in Writing Conference, Writing in Search of Solutions to Current Social Problems, Savannah, Georgia, March 1, 2016

Roundtable Facilitator, Educational Justice Conference, Careers, Majors & Writing: The CASVE Writing Assignment, Orlando, Florida, July 13, 2015

Presenter, Student Success in Writing Conference, Career Exploration: An Intuitive Writing Assignment, Savannah, Georgia, April 17, 2015

Session Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida, March 21, 2015

Co-Presenter, National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, November 24, 2013
     Transforming Hip Hop: From the Bronx to the White House

Presenter, Conference on English Education, Bronx, New York, June 2011
     Decluttering the Discussion in Politically Correct Classrooms: Prospective English Teachers, The Canon, and Race

Workshop, Co-Presenter, Web 2.0 Tools, North Florida Community College, Madison, Florida, April 2011

Presenter, Student Success in Writing Conference, Savannah, Georgia, March 2011
     Infusing Creative Writing Assignments into Advanced Composition Courses, Successfully

Session Presenter, National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Orlando, Florida November 2010
     Pre-Service Teachers and the Canon: Segregation or Elitism?

Workshop Facilitator, National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Orlando, Florida November 2010
     Advocacy Works!

Presenter (1) & Co-Presenter (2), Florida Developmental Education Association, Daytona Beach, Florida, October 2010
     1) Grassroots Advocacy
     2) Implementing Technology as an Interdisciplinary Scaffolding Technique through the Integration of Google Products
(A full list is available upon request.)


Boulware, J., Mathis, R., West-White, C., & Yusef, K. (Eds.). (2022). Mamas, Martyrs, and Jezebels: Myths, Legends, and Other Lies
     You've Been Told about Black Women. Black Lawrence Press.

West-White, C. (2020). Book review of Black Lives Matter & Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection. Journal of American Folklore.

West-White, C., & Wilkerson, A. (2020). Libraries and Homeschooling: African American Parents and Decision-Making. In
     C. Smallwood & V. Gubnitskaia (Eds.) Homeschooling and Libraries. North Carolina: McFarland.

West-White, C. (Summer/Fall, 2009). Advocacy: Don’t Ask, Demand. Florida English Journal, 30-32.
West-White, C. (2009). Destination: Inspiration 2 ~ New Orleans Charm. Writers on Wheel.

(A full list is available upon request.)