Associate Professor/Full Professor and Head for the Department of Languages and Communication

Prairie View A&M University

Associate Professor/Full Professor and Head for the Department of Languages and Communication


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Prairie View A&M University in its search for Associate Professor/Full Professor & Head for the Department of Languages & Communication. 


For full consideration, please apply by May 8th.


This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to steer the strategic and operational direction as Head for the Department of Languages & Communication at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Achieving R2 designation in 2022, with research expenditures over $105M over the past five years, PVAMU joins the ranks as one of the Top 10 historically black colleges and universities in the nation for research. The successful candidate will continue to advance academic excellence, working with a diverse faculty and staff to foster educational growth and professional opportunities for all students.


This is a remarkable chance for the successful candidate to map out an academic vision, innovate and build programs, and implement dynamic learning environments to promote collaboration and increase opportunities for meaningful involvement with both students and faculty. The next Head for the Department will be an adept relationship builder who easily navigates internally across campus and globally with the larger community to lead the department in achieving goals and objectives aligned with the University, System and State. The Head for the Department will be responsible for managing policies and procedures affecting program outcomes and managing research and funding opportunities. They will develop recruitment and marketing plans with input from staff and establish measurable goals and objectives for the department.


The programs in the Department of Languages & Communication offer students a liberal arts education, emphasizing the acquisition of language and communication skills in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, as well as advanced knowledge of media techniques. The department currently offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. 


This position reports to the Dean of the Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences and leads the Department of Languages & Communication. This is a 12-month position at the rank of either Associate or Full Professor. Candidates must be tenure eligible at the time of appointment.



  • Develops, implements, and evaluates policies and procedures affecting all program outcomes; develops and manages research opportunities and external funding.
  • Handles the administration and management of all administrative support systems required to sustain and improve departmental growth.
  • Provides responses to requested information and on-going implementation of strategies to eliminate audit deficiencies and prevent non-compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Creates a vision and engenders the trust of subordinates, peers, and supervisors; generates revenues for faculty and staff development.
  • Manages and implements the fiscal affairs for the department that are consistent with college and university expectations.
  • Develops recruitment and marketing plans that show evidence of faculty and staff involvement; prioritizes annual expenditures in a manner that supports the College mission; and
  • Establishes measurable goals and objectives aligned with University, System, and State goals for participation, success, excellence, and research.



  • Proven ability to provide vision, training, supervision and leadership.
  • Commitment to working with diverse student populations and fostering undergraduate and graduate student success.
  • Ability to adapt and respond quickly to the changing needs of the department, college and institution.
  • Demonstrated evidence of effective leadership supported by excellent oral/written communication.
  • Must possess sound judgment in decision making and a collaborative spirit with colleagues and leaders.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and relationship building skills that foster tolerance of multiple perspectives, ethical and participative decision-making, consensus building, and respect for and promotion of diversity.



  • Earned Doctorate degree in an area offered within the department's long-range plans for degree offerings (i.e., English or Foreign Languages only).
  • Must be tenure eligible and have demonstrated experience in administration and teaching in higher education or proven equivalent experiences.
  • Evidence of scholarship, research and creative endeavors.


About the Institution


For more than 140 years, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has been igniting passion in its students. With an established reputation for producing engineers, nurses, and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degree programs through nine colleges and schools. The University has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Designated an institution of “the first class” in the Texas Constitution, PVAMU is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, a member of The Texas A&M University System, the largest historically black college/university (HBCU) in Texas and the third largest HBCU in the US.  The University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Living in the Area

With a population of over 8,000, Prairie View, Texas is a vibrant college town with parks, an historic downtown area and nearby Lanke Conroe.  Prairie View has a rich history, including its role as a center of African American education and culture in Texas. The community's historical landmarks, museums, and cultural institutions provide opportunities for residents to learn about and celebrate the area's heritage. Prairie View is conveniently located near the rapidly growing residential and commercial area known as the Northwest Houston Corridor. The developing Northwest Houston Corridor offers newly developed suburban communities, a variety of shopping and dining near the Houston Premium Outlets and is a short, 35-minute commute into downtown Houston. Prairie View is an affordable place to live with housing costs 45.4% lower than the national average and 38% below the average home in Texas.


To Apply 


For full consideration, please apply by May 8th.


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