Dr. James M. Palmer

Dr. Palmer  Dr. James M. Palmer is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English. Before his current appointment, he served as Department Head of Languages & Communication for four and half years. He graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies and completed his M.A. in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in English at Purdue University-West Lafayette. He has articles, chapters, book reviews, and Middle English recordings in The Chaucer Review, Neophilologus, TETYC, Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Rabelais, Gender Scripts, Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Gower, The Chaucer Studio, Early Modern Literary Studies, and Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART). He recently edited a collection of articles with Pearl Ratunil for SMART.

Dr. Palmer has taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including Chaucer and Medieval Literature; Seminar in Comparative Literature; The Body in Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Shakespeare (on Film and the World Stage); History of the English Language; The Novel (Medievalisms); Adolescent Literature; The Bible as Literature, among others. For his teaching and research he was awarded an Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award by the Department of Languages and Communication and was recognized by a similar award for Outstanding Teaching in the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences the same year. He has also won the TAMUS Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Having founded the University Writing Center in 2003, he directed the Center until 2013. During that time he was awarded funding for a five-year project through the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Program to support undergraduate writing initiatives. He was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant with Dr. Sarah Wakefield to create and lead an interdisciplinary faculty workshop and to implement a sequence of film courses addressing history, culture, gender, politics, and literature. He recently began a five-year funded project to enhance media production opportunities for students on campus. Utilizing grant awards, he has brought guest speakers to campus such as Suzan-Lori Parks, Stephen A. Smith, Tiphanie Yanique, Jericho Brown, Victor LaValle, Val Hoeppner, Charles Williams, and Samuel Freedman.





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