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About ETBU

Meet Dr. David Splawn

"He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’" Luke 10:27

Dr. David Splawn loves teaching. While he has spent the last fifteen years of his life pursuing a variety of occupations including youth minister, missionary, aid worker, professor, entrepreneur, barista, and photographer - the common thread that weaves all those things together is his role as a teacher. Beyond the university, he has taught in a variety of contexts - an Islamic university in Indonesia, at private and state schools in Texas, as a barista trainer in a small coffee shop, and as an ESL teacher in Kenya. Dr. Splawn cannot imagine doing anything else but teaching. His research is dedicated to the particular way that the cinema, as literary texts, invites and assumes a religious-experience-seeking viewer who will gain spontaneous pleasure from film that is akin to a moment of worship. Dr. Splawn earned his Ph.D. in 2014 at Texas Tech University and is pursuing ways to read films and write about films in order to contribute his own unique perspective to the great cinema discussion. Currently, he is working on revisiting his book-length dissertation for publication, and concocting a few article-length projects for presentation. Most importantly, he is married to an amazing woman who has patiently lent her loving support in the many years it has taken him to complete his degrees. They have four children, a girl and three boys. As you can imagine, their house is rarely quiet, full of laughing or crying at all hours of the day and night. Dr. Splawn hopes to see you in class very soon where you will kindly allow him to teach you something new.