Like similar colleges around the country, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University serves a critical educational purpose in producing well-rounded undergraduates and graduate students prepared to lead higher education’s next generation. We touch the educational experience of virtually every undergraduate at Texas A&M, whether through core curriculum offerings or upper-division courses in majors across fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
With a public skeptical about the value of higher education and doubly so about the value of liberal arts, we aim to become a national model for what an exciting and innovative College of Liberal Arts looks like. By building on our strengths; committing seriously to the teaching, research, and service that is demanded of 21st century faculty, staff, and students; and fully embracing—and articulating successfully—our college’s critical contributions to the future of Texas A&M, we will demonstrate the important role a liberal arts education plays in a future we can help to imagine and realize.
I believe in a shared vision for our college. It is our responsibility, collectively as well as individually, to strengthen our departments, our college, our institution, and to participate in the democratic mission of higher education that is the foundation of land-grant universities such as our own.
Whether you are considering joining the College of Liberal Arts or you are already part of our community, I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about our mission, our accomplishments, and opportunities to get involved.
The College of Liberal Arts has a bright future, and we will shape it together.
Pamela R. Matthews joined the English faculty of Texas A&M University in 1989 after earning a Ph.D. in English from Duke University. 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, associate provost for undergraduate studies and vice provost for academic affairs.
Matthews was appointed interim dean of the college in July 2014. She was named dean by the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University on April 29, 2015. Beyond campus, she co-founded Brazos Valley Reads, a program that brings internationally-recognized authors to College Station for a public book reading and interaction with members of the community.