English

David Gaines

Associate Professor of English

Areas of expertise

American Cultural History, with an emphasis upon varieties of literary history. Fiction and literary nonfiction, popular music, Hollywood movies, and sports all areas of recurrent focus. Bob Dylan's life and works the recurrent area of research.



Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 1980
M.A., University of Texas at Austin 1978
, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law 1973
B.A., Stanford University 1972

Positions

Director, Paideia Program
Southwestern University
September 01, 2006 - present

Associate Professor of English
Southwestern University
September 01, 1993 - present

English Department Chair
Southwestern University
September 01, 1993 - September 01, 2004

Assistant Professor of English
Southwestern University
September 01, 1989 - September 01, 1993

English Department Chair
Southwestern Univeristy
September 01, 1989 - September 01, 1993

American Studies Program Chair
Southwestern University
September 01, 1989 - September 01, 1993

Visiting Lecturer in English
Southwestern University
September 01, 1984 - September 01, 1989

Lecturer, Department of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1984 - September 01, 1985

Lecturer, Department of English
University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1980 - September 01, 1984

Instructor, American Studies Program
University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1978 - September 01, 1980

Undergraduate Advisor, American Studies Program
University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1978 - September 01, 1980

Teaching Assistant, Department of English
University of Texas at Austin
September 01, 1975 - September 01, 1978

Legislative Aide to State Representative Carlyle Smith
Texas State Legislature
September 01, 1973 - September 01, 1974

Administrative Assistant to Dean of Students Larry N. Horton
Stanford University
September 01, 1971 - September 01, 1972

Summer Intern, Office of Mayor John V. Lindsay
City of New York
January 01, 1969 - January 01, 1970

Teaching Philosophy


Previous Courses

English Composition, Advanced Composition, Rhetoric of Elite and Popular Culture, Contemporary American Writing, Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Survey of American Literature, How to Write About Culture, Mass Media and Society, Regional Writers, Literary Journalism, Social Science and Science Fiction, Travel Writing, Contemporary Short Stories and Essays, Film as Literature, Sixties Hollywood, American Humor, Hollywood Romantic Comedies, Dylan, Movies and Cultures, Movie-Made America, Our Music/Their Music, Dylan, American Movies, World Cinema

Research

Popular music in America (Dylan & Springsteen), film, media

Professional Work

Professional Service - Regional

  • 2008-2009 Board of Directors, Texas Campus Compact
  • 2005-2009 Summer Teaching Faculty, Upward Bound Program
  • 2004-2008 Writing Workshops for College Applicants, St. Michael's Academy in Austin, Texas
  • 1998 Founding Member of Task Force to Establish a Learning Center, St. Michael's Academy in Austin, Texas
  • 1996 Participant, Round Rock High School's English Department In-Service Day

Professional Service - Southwestern University

  • Director, Paideia Program, 2006-present
  • Member, Academic Affairs Council, 2004-2006 (Chair, 2004-2005)
  • Living Learning Community Professor, 2005-present
  • Brown Scholars Committee, 2005-2008
  • Paideia Professor, 2003-present
  • First-Year Seminar Committee, 2002-present
  • American Studies Committee, 1989-present
  • Editor, University Self-Study for Accreditation with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2000-2006
  • Chair, Department of English, 1989-2004
  • Chair, American Studies Program, 1989-2001
  • Faculty Status Committee, 1997-2001
  • Provost's Academic Programs Council, 1989-2006
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Planning Committee, 1997-2001
  • Search Committee for the Vice President for Student Affairs, 2006
  • Search Committee for the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, 1996
  • Committee Member for Amy Dawn Mendoza's Honors Project in Communication ("The Rhetoric of Lake Wobegon"), 1996
  • First-Year Seminar Colloquium Policy Committee, 1987-1993; Chair, 1989
  • Sexual Harassment Advisory Committee, 1992-1993
  • Coordinator of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writing Fellows Program, 1992-1993
  • Coordinator of Woodrow Wilson Fellows Visits, 1991 (Hilma Wolitzer) and 1985 (Russell Banks)
  • Provost Search Committee, 1989
  • Organized and Directed "American Culture: Traditions and Trends," 1989 Freshman Symposium
  • Organized "American Perspectives, Asian Realities," 1989 Colloquium that brought James Fallows, Frances Fitzgerald and Robin Winks to campus
  • Humanities Division Representative to Admission Committee, 1988-1990
  • Communication Major Study Committee, 1986-1987

Publications

Editorial Experience

  • 2000-2003 Editor of University Self-Study for Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation
  • 1997-1999 Columnist and Editor for @Austin Magazine
  • 1997 Editorial Reviewer for St. Martin's Press, Bernard F. Dick's Anatomy of Film (3rd Edition)
  • 1988-1990 Staff Writer/Movie Critic/Editor for Austin Weekly
  • 1988 Advisory Editor for Oxford University Press, Popular Writing in America (3rd Edition)
  • 1984-1987 Contributing Editor, Third Coast Magazine
  • August 1985   Special Issue Editor, "Witnesses: First Person Stories From Austin's Liveliest Decades," Third Coast

Articles

  • "Transnational Dylan: Bob Dylan and Some Thoughts about Homes and Homelessness, Nations and Borders, The Whole Wide World, and What's Real Forever", pp. 83-96 in Dylan at Play, Edited by Nick Smart and Nina Goss, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011
  • "Kind of a Drag: My Private Guadalupe," @Austin, Spring 1998, 21-2
  • "Grump for the Ages?" American Way, February 5, 1990, 36-42
  • "Slouching Towards Durham," American Way, January 1, 1989, 84-87
  • "Long Live the Kink," Texas Monthly, August 1988, 114-118
  • "Out From the Shadows," Third Coast, November 1986, 70-72
  • "The Hustle Power of Sam Huff," Skylines, October 1986, 25-29
  • "The Patriots' Alchemist," Skylines, September 1986, 22-25
  • "The Final Four," Destination, March 1986, 24-27, 36
  • "St. Patrick's Dismay," Skylines, January 1986, 38-42
  • "Court of Appeal," Third Coast, January 1986, 57-59
  • "Send in the Clones," Third Coast, December 1985, 87-88
  • "Movie Targets," Third Coast, December 1985, 80-82
  • "Superstars of the Keyboard," The Continental, November 1985, 36-39
  • "Pigskins and Sheepskins," Skylines, November 1985, 36-39
  • "Muscle Mime," Third Coast, September 1985, 70-72
  • "Box Populi," Third Coast, June 1985, 78-80
  • "The Book of Gus," Third Coast, April 1985, 87-89
  • "Rubber Biscuits," Third Coast, February 1985, 83-85
  • "Fish Heads," Third Coast, January 1985, 80-82
  • "Head Games," Third Coast, November 1984, 120-1
  • "First Course," Third Coast, September 1984, 95-97
  • "Talk a Good Game," Third Coast, August 1984, 177-178
  • "Pride of a Yankee," Third Coast, July 1984, 66-70
  • "Their Brilliant Careers," Third Coast, February 1984, 47-53

Reviews

  • "A Sketch of Life in the Postwar Paris 'Interzone,'" The Boston Sunday Globe, February 5, 1995, 58
  • "Finally, Cowley's Learned Successor to Aegypt," The Boston Sunday Globe, August 7, 1994, 60
  • "The Magnificent Murderers," The Boston Sunday Globe, September 13, 1992, 105
  • "Reading the Cultural Tea Leaves," The Boston Sunday Globe, July 19, 1992, B15
  • "It's a Hot, Celluloid Summer in Austin," Austin Weekly, July 12, 1989, 16-17
  • "High School Madness With Cause for Concern," Austin Weekly, May 3,1989, 28
  • "Not Many Answers in 'Say Anything,'" Austin Weekly, April 26, 1989, 27
  • "A Misguided Hitchcock Lookalike," Austin Weekly, April 19, 1989, 37
  • "Baron Delights with Hot Air Fantasy," Austin Weekly, April 12, 1989, 36
  • "Despite Junk, Oscars Send Us to Movies," Austin Weekly, April 5, 1989, 38
  • "Kinky Demons Featured in Offbeat Grotesquery," Austin Weekly, March 29,1989, 31
  • "Go Late, See Best Two Out of Three," Austin Weekly, March 22, 1989, 34
  • "'Skin Deep' Turns Out, Well, Anticlimactic," Austin Weekly, March 15, 1989, 29
  • "Everything is a Battle for This 'True Believer,'" Austin Weekly, March 8, 1989,28
  • "Grisly Murder Mystery and Crazy Love Story," Austin Weekly, March 1, 1989, 39
  • "Screwball Comedy Soars Higher with Each Scene," Austin Weekly, February 22, 1989, 37
  • "Offbeat 'Tourist' Finds Goofy Saving Grace," Austin Weekly, February 15, 1989, 36
  • "Reynolds' Latest Film No Better Than TV," Austin Weekly, February 8, 1989, 37
  • "Powerful Scenes Far Outweigh Clunkers," Austin Weekly, February 1, 1989, 31
  • "Pasted Up Attempt at Formula Picture," Austin Weekly, January 25, 1989, 37
  • "Close Performance Rivals Her 'Crazy Lady,'" Austin Weekly, January 18, 1989, 35
  • "Everyone Gets Just Desserts on Wall St.," Austin Weekly, January 4, 1989, 33
  • "'Rain Man' is Poignant Story of Family Ties," Austin Weekly, December 28,1988, 32
  • "Maybe It's the Writers Who Earn a Low Grade," Austin Weekly, December 21, 1988, 31
  • "Disappointing Film Only Scratches the Surface," Austin Weekly, December 7, 1988, 27
  • "Hokey Sentimentality May Work For You," Austin Weekly, November 23, 1988, 39
  • "Keaton, Even Robards, Share in Flawed Flick," Austin Weekly, November 16, 1988, 29
  • "Scary Movie Back on Four Local Screens," Austin Weekly, November 9, 1988, 41
  • "Huston Lets Us Dream Our Dreams Today," Austin Weekly, October 25, 1988, 33
  • "John Sayles Hits Grand Slam," Austin Weekly, October 19, 1988, 36
  • "Lifestyles of the Weird and Infamous," Austin Weekly, October 5, 1988, 28
  • "'Blue Line': A Wicked Web He Weaves," Austin Weekly, September 28, 1988, 32
  • "Down and Out in Parador," Austin Weekly, September 21, 1988, 28
  • "Teen Scream," Austin Weekly, September 14, 1988, 28
  • "The Family That Stays Together," Austin Weekly, September 7, 1988


Seminars & Presentations

  • June 8, 2011: "Experiential and Engaged Learning" at Associated Colleges of the South Symposium on "Strengthening Liberal Arts through Collaboration," Atlanta, Georgia
  • April 22, 2011: "Bob Dylan's Senses of Humor" at the Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association, San Antonio, Texas
  • June 26, 2009: "The Things We Talk and Teach About When We Teach Writing" Keynote Address, Young Rhetoricians' Conference, Monterey, California
  • February 26, 2009: "Bob Dylan and Transnational Literature" at the Northeastern  Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
  • October 17, 2008: "Paideia, Honduras, and Global Thought into Local Action," (Road Scholars in New York, New York)
  • November 2, 2007: "The Ongoing Canonization of Bob Dylan" (Keynote Speech at Schreiner University Pop Culture Symposium)
  • October 17, 2007: "'Chimes of Freedom' Visited and Revisited" (Invited Lecture at New York University's "Discussing Dylan & the Music, People and Politics of Our Times")
  • October 25, 2006: "Bobby's in the Canon and I'm in the Classroom Mixin' Up the Curriculum" (The New School Colloquium on Bob Dylan)
  • September 12, 2006: "Sonatas for Jukeboxes: Popular Music and Personal Tastes" (Road Scholars in Houston, Texas)
  • September 9, 2005: "Demo Dreamscapes" at Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium Presented by Penn State University
  • November 17, 2004: "Our Music, Their Music" (Road Scholars in Houston, Texas
  • October 23, 2004: "Our Music, Their Music" (Alumni University for Home-coming and Reunion Weekend)
  • October 20, 2004: "A Conversation with Tony Kushner" (Onstage Participant with Tony Kushner and Elaine Craddock for Writer's Voice)
  • May 5, 2004: "Our Music, Their Music" (Road Scholars in San Angelo, Texas)
  • June 11, 2001: "From Satchmo to Nirvana in a Few Big Steps: A Discussion of the Metamorphoses of American Popular Music from the 1920s to the Recent Past" (Senior University, Georgetown, Texas)
  • February 24, 2001: "Movie-Made America" (Family Weekend, Southwestern University)
  • January 17, 2001: "King In - and Beyond - His Times" (MLK Day, Southwestern University)
  • February 19, 2000: "American Couples" (Family Weekend, Southwestern University)
  • April 12, 1999: "What's Happening in First-Year Seminar?" (Faculty Forum, Southwestern University)
  • January 18, 1999: "King In - and Beyond - His Times" (MLK Day, Southwestern University)
  • October 28, 1998: "Movies, Books, Lists, and the Stories We Tell" (Southwestern University Library Lecture Series)
  • May 16, 1998: "(Only Seemingly Random) Thoughts on Film" (Southwestern Alumni Summit)
  • April 2, 1998: "Adventures in the Free-Lance Trade" (San Gabriel Writers League)
  • January 19, 1998: "King In - and Beyond - His Times" (MLK Day, Southwestern University)
  • November 7, 1997: "Fellow Travelers and Writers: Reading, Writing, and Traveling with Graduating Seniors" (Southwestern University Road Scholars, San Antonio, United Methodist Church)
  • January 27, 1997: "Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Documentary Treatment" (Keynote Presentation at the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Southwestern University)
  • November 13, 1996: "Austin Music in the 1970s" (In conjunction with the Brown Symposium "Drawing and Crossing Boundaries: The Roots of Texas Music")
  • January 24, 1995: Moderated Student Panel with Dan Rather at Southwestern University Fund-Raising Campaign Kickoff
  • October 22, 1994: "Life After Graduate School" (Keynote Speech at American Studies Graduate Student Symposium, University of Texas at Austin)
  • October 15, 1994: "You Say You Want a Revolution? We All Want to Change the World" (Homecoming, Southwestern University)
  • February 1993: "Love and Hisses: Movie Controversies and Classroom Experiences" (Family Weekend, Southwestern University)
  • April 12, 1992: Keynote Address at the Admission Reception for Prospective Southwestern University Students (Austin)
  • February 1992: "Media Politics, Popular Culture" (Family Weekend, Southwestern University)
  • October 8, 1990: "When Rajneeshpuram Came to Central Texas" (Third Annual Conference on the Reform of Curriculum in Higher Education, Denver,Colorado)
  • January 1990: "Stephen Jay Gould, Writer" (Faculty Forum, Southwestern University)

Honors & Awards

  • 2008 Joe S. Mundy Award for Exemplary Service, Southwestern University
  • 2008 Advising Award, Office of Academic Success, Spring 2008
  • 2000-2003 Southwestern University Brown Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • 1993 Exemplary Teacher Award, Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church
  • 1979 Walter Prescott Webb Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1978 Students' Association Teaching Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin

Groups & Affiliations

  • American Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association

Interests

  • Travel
  • Food (cooking and consuming)
  • Sports (baseball and golf, in particular)
  • Live music