David Morse began teaching at Long Beach City College as an hourly instructor in 1991 and returned to the college as a member of the full-time faculty in 1998. He holds a B. A. in English and history from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in English from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in English from the University of Southern California. The focus of his graduate studies was on medieval literature and his doctoral dissertation a study of Old English poetics, and thus David usually teaches literature classes that deal with earlier literary periods, including English Literature I, Literature of Western Civilization I, and Mythology. He also teaches all levels of composition, from basic skills to critical thinking, as well as an occasional introduction to literature class.
David has been a member of the Long Beach City College Academic Senate since 2001 and served as Academic Senate President from 2005 to 2007. As senate president, he co-chaired numerous college committees, including the Enrollment Management Oversight Committee, the Educational Master Planning Committee, Academic Council, and Hiring Priorities. He has also sat as a member of various other college committees, including Budget Advisory, and was a co-chair for Standard 10 of the LBCC Accreditation Self-Study in 2002.
David was elected chairman of the Long Beach City College English Department in 2000 and served in that position until 2006. In the 2002-2003 school year, he also served as interim chair of the Foreign Language Department. In addition, David acted as a faculty advisor for the LBCC Native American Club in 1999-2000.
Originally from Michigan, David has lived in the City of Long Beach since moving to California in 1989. He also enjoys writing and has completed two yet-to-be-published fantasy novels.