About the Dean

Pamela R. Matthews, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Professor of English

Dr. Pamela R. Matthews joined the English faculty of Texas A&M University in 1989. She has served as associate head of the Department of English, director of Women’s and Gender Studies, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, and associate provost for undergraduate studies.

Dr. Matthews was appointed vice provost for academic affairs in 2011, where she was responsible for overseeing academic effectiveness, high-impact learning experiences, new program development, and institutional assessment. She also facilitated global support services, academic program reviews, and the Aggie Honor System.

After completing her B.A. in English from the University of Houston and her M.A. in English from Texas A&M University, Dr. Matthews earned her Ph.D. in English from Duke University, with an emphasis on American literature.

Dr. Matthews’ career as a professor has been highly acclaimed, including several teaching awards. She has received a Center for Teaching Excellence-Montague Scholars Award, a college-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, and a Robert M. Gates Inspiration Award in recognition of her work with undergraduate Regents Scholars.

Her scholarly publications include Ellen Glasgow and a Woman's Traditions, Aesthetic Subjects (1995), and Perfect Companionship: Ellen Glasgow's Selected Correspondence with Women (2005).

Dr. Matthews also co-founded Brazos Valley Reads in 2005, a program that invites internationally-recognized authors to College Station for a public book reading and to meet with members of the community. Authors who have participated in Brazos Valley Reads include Ernest Gaines, Sandra Cisneros, and most recently, Tayari Jones.