Dr. James M. Palmer is associate provost for Academic Affairs and associate professor of English at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). He currently also serves as interim dean and director of Land-Grant Programs. As interim dean and director, he is responsible for administration, development, and the general oversight of programs including the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC), which includes the International Goat Research Center (IGRC) and the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP). Previously, he served as department head of Languages & Communication.
Graduating from the University of Texas-Austin with a double major in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Dr. Palmer went on to complete 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, Teaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC), Companion to British Poetry Before 1600, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Rabelais, Gender Scripts, Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower, The Chaucer Studio, Early Modern Literary Studies, and Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART). He also 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; World Literature, The Bible as Literature, among other surveys and courses. 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 Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Having founded PVAMU’s Writing Center in 2003, Dr. Palmer 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 later began a five-year funded project to enhance media production opportunities for students. He was also awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to create and lead an interdisciplinary faculty workshop and to implement a sequence of film courses addressing history, culture, gender, politics, and literature.
Utilizing various grant awards, Dr. Palmer has brought guest speakers to PVAMU’s campus such as Suzan-Lori Parks, Stephen A. Smith, Tiphanie Yanique, Jericho Brown, Victor LaValle, Val Hoeppner, Charles Williams, and Samuel Freedman. Over the years, he has helped facilitate new department chair training in Minneapolis, San Diego and Cleveland with the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) and has served on the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) National Convention Program Committee for two conferences in Boston, Massachusetts.