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College of Liberal Arts - Louisiana Tech University

School of
Literature and Language

David Merchant

Mr. David Merchant


GTM 274


Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing   Louisiana Tech University 2009
MA English   Louisiana Tech University 2006
MS Information Science (ALA accredited)   University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1997
BA English   University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1992
Certification   Naval Nuclear Power School, Orlando 1984

Research Interests:
Literature: Medieval (especially Marie de France), Gothic, Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, and Science Fiction. Pedagogical: the use of virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life), video games, and the Web for composition, rhetoric and literary instruction. Outside of Tech: U.S. Memorial Day research.

Learning: philosophy, theology, archaeology, history, literature, rhetoric, science (especially space sciences), and technology. Also: reading, writing, drawing, gardening, nature and the night sky, exercising, watching films (sci-fi, anime, fantasy, comedy), listening to music (all kinds), tweaking computers, gaming, Web programming and, occasionally, acting.

"Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow..." - Lawrence Clark Powell

"Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" - Marley in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Do not die an idiot." - French saying

"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young." - Maya Angelou