Meet Our Faculty /
Dr. David Summers has been teaching the classics and literature to Capital University students since 1997. He has served as director of General Education and as assistant dean of the School of Humanities in the College. In 2007, he was honored with Capital's most prestigious faculty award — the Praestantia Award, for excellence in teaching. He also has led travel groups from Capital to England, Italy and Greece.
Dr. Summers is a Seattle native who spent his undergraduate years in Oregon and Corban University, and then trained at the University of Washington to he a high school social studies teacher. He later pursued graduate studies in medieval and Renaissance literature at the University of Washington, completing a master's degree and doctorate there. Before joining the Capital faculty, Dr. Summers held tenure-track positions at Whitworth College and Seattle Pacific University. He also is credited with passage of General Education curricular reform at Capital, and he participated in the Council of Independent Colleges Summer Seminar at the Hellenic Studies Center: Herodotus' Histories.
Humanities — Antiquity to the RenaissanceBritish Literature Survey: Anglo-Saxon to AugustanClassical MythologyShakespeareClassical LiteratureMedieval Literature — Dante and ChaucerRenaissance LiteratureEliot and AudenYeats and Joyce
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Washington Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Washington Secondary Certificate in Social Studies (History), University of Washington Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Religious Studies, Corban University
"Eliot's Dantean Pilgrimage" in Dante, T. S. Eliot and the European Tradition, edited by Paul Douglass, Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming 2011)"The Unattended Moment: Selfhood and the Experience of the Transcendent in Four Quartets" in Ecstasy and Understanding: Religious Awareness in English Poetry, edited by Adrian Grafe and Andrew Harrison. Continuum Press: London, 2008.