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Westry Whitaker, Ed.D.

Westry Whitaker
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 706-867-2742

Office: Dunlap Hall 212A, Dahlonega


Wes is a former secondary English/Language Arts teacher with teaching experience (4th and 6th grade Eng/LA) at an exclusive private school in San Diego, CA and (8th grade Eng/LA) in an urban setting in Wilmington, NC. Wes pursues an active writing agenda and presents regularly at several national conferences including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) and the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory. Additionally, Wes has published in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, the Journal of AAACS and he has contributed two chapters to edited texts on the topics of new literacy and Teaching and Learning.

A native of Wilson, NC, Wes began teaching at the University of North Georgia in January, 2015. His interests include English literature, literacy, curriculum theory/studies, teacher education, English methodology, qualitative research methods, diversity education, bullying, and social and civil rights advocacy.

Courses Taught

Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary School (READ 3040); Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Literature (READ 3190); Foundations of Middle Level Schools and their Students (MGED 3010); Language Arts for Middle Grades Teachers (LART 3060); supervision for senior level internship.


  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Pedagogy, The George Washington University, 2014
  • M.Ed., Education, University of North Carolina in Greensboro, 2002
  • B.S., English Literature & History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

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