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D. Brian Anderson

Originally from Houston, Brian Anderson has taught at College of the Mainland as a full-time instructor since 2004. He serves as chair of the Humanities Department and mostly teaches courses in composition and American literature. 

Dr. Anderson first started teaching college classes in 1996 on a part-time basis, with assignments at several institutions in the Houston area, including San Jacinto College and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Before becoming a full-time faculty member, he spent five years working as a technical editor for the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a NASA research contractor, and worked as a writer and editor for the Houston Chronicle’s special sections department. Besides publishing creative work, he has also written articles and essays for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

As a younger man, he worked many years at a summer camp, where he taught rock climbing and survival skills to youngsters, and he also worked as a lifeguard and landscaper. Besides writing and literature, he is also interested in photography, hiking, guitar, kayaking and traveling.

Teaching Philosophy:

I want students to understand the abstract pleasures as well as practical benefits of studying writing and literature. I also believe that college instructors have a responsibility to serve students and the community outside the classroom, and that faculty can, to paraphrase Robert Frost, teach by their presence as intellectual role models in all facets of life.


D.A., English Pedagogy, Murray State University

M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso

M.A. in Literature, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Bachelor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

Additional Studies: University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of South Africa, College of the Mainland

COM Courses

  • Composition I – English 1301
  • Composition II – English 1302
  • American Literature I and II – English 2327/2328
  • Creative Writing – English 2307

Teaching Experience

College of the Mainland, 2004-present

Adjunct and Short-Term Assignments:

Instructor, Developmental English, Texas Southern University, 2002-2004

Adjunct Instructor, Business Writing, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1998

Adjunct Instructor, Composition, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 1996-97

Adjunct Instructor, English, San Jacinto College (North and Central), 1996-2004

Professional Highlights


Titanic in Print and on Screen: A Guide to Books, Films, and Other Media. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Inc., 2005. (Book)


“Girl Watching.” Hawai’i Review, Spring 2012.

“Rats.” Rio Grande Review, Fall 2008.

“The L Factor.” CCTE Studies,  Fall 2008.


“In Search of the Heart.” Open Minds Quarterly, Spring 2015.

 “Floating.” Open Minds Quarterly, Summer 2011.

“Unsinkable.” Bayousphere, 2006.

“Lost on Horn Island.” Marrow, 2005.

“Dylan Thomas, Hamlet, and the Metaphysics of Flies.”  Bayousphere, 2004.

“The Last Drive-In.”  Bayousphere, 2002.

 “Lilting Notes from Six-string Charlie.” Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine.  State Lines. June 13, 1999. 

“No Deeper Blue.” Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine.  State Lines. June 7, 1998. 

“Life with Candy Man.” Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine.  State Lines. Oct.  26, 1997.

“My Father’s Brain.”  Houston Chronicle, Texas Magazine.  State Lines. May 25, 1997. 


“Soldiering” and “Powder Monkey.” War, Literature & The Arts, Vol. 27, 2015.

 “Jack Anderson, Who Exists Somewhere” and nine other poems. Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Vol. 11, 2014.

“Uncle Ward’s Funeral.” Journal of New Jersey Poets, Issue 50, 2013.

“Moving Day.” Open Minds Quarterly, Fall 2012.

“To Sylvia Plath.” Open Minds Quarterly, Spring 2012.

 “View from a Small Backyard.” Journal of New Jersey Poets, Issue 47, 2010.

“Sylvia and Anne,” “Claiming Key West” and other poems. CCTE Studies, 2008.

“Eye Contact.” Rio Grande Review, Fall 2007.

Articles and Book Contributions

“What is Poetry and How is it Written?” TYCA-SW, Fall 2016

“Writing out of the Darkness.” Editor’s Note, Quicksilver 2.1

“Blending Creative-Writing and Expressivist Approaches in Rethinking the Personal Essay Assignment,” TCCTA Messenger, September 2014.

 “Zen and the Art of Data-Driven Assessment.” TYCA-SW, Spring 2009.

“Student Apathy in Paradise.” TYCA-SW, Spring 2007.

“Sometimes a Semicolon is Just a Semicolon.” TYCA-SW, Fall 2007.

Rev. of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max, Open Minds Quarterly, Fall 2012.

“Elisabeth Ogilve.” “James Dickey.” “William Warner.”  “The Shipping News.” (Four articles.) An Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and the Great Lakes, Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 2000.

“On Falling Behind Schedule.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing.  July 1998.

“Visions of Monorail in Houston, 1955-1994,” The Houston Review: History and Culture of the Gulf Coast, a Journal of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center 17:1 (Fall 1996).

“Extrasolar Planets:  The Search for New Worlds.” Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, Fall 1999. Reprinted in Marsbugs: The Electronic Astrobiology Newsletter 7:9, March 2000.

“The Greenhouse Effect: Living and Working with Plants in Other Worlds.”  Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin. Fall 1998, Number 85.  Reprinted in Texas Garden Yearbook 1999 and translated into Afrikaans for publication in a South African farming journal.

“Moon Facts.”  Compendium of trivia and facts about the Moon, Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, Spring 2001, No. 90. Reprinted on the University of Oklahoma’s Solid Earth Geophysics Internet course page.


Invited speaker, webinar panel with Dalel Serda, “Toward Equity and Inclusion: 100-percent Co-Requisite Implementation at College of the Mainland,” Texas College Academic Support Programs (CASP) virtual conference, Oct. 2020.

Invited panelist, “Achieving 100% Corequisites” webinar session, Texas Corequisite Project Learning Series, Austin Community College, Aug. 2020.

“Forty Degrees Below Zero in Georgetown, Texas.” (Essay reading.) Langdon Review Weekend, Granbury, Texas, September 2015.

“‘Ship of Dreams’: Cultural and Literary Legacy of the Titanic.” Houston Maritime Museum, July 2015. Also presented version at College of the Mainland, April 12, 2012.

“The Way with Space Aliens.” (Poetry.) Langdon Review Weekend, Granbury, Texas, September 2013.

“Cannibalism and Irony in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.” 7th Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation In Literature, Film And the Other Arts, University of Texas at San Antonio, Feb. 23-25, 2012.

“Connecting Self to World: Broadening the Universe of Discourse in the Composition Classroom.” TYCA-SW Conference, Laredo, Texas, Oct. 2010. (Co-presented with Michael Berberich, Galveston College.)

Huckleberry Finn, Harry Potter, and the Perils of Censorship.” Public lecture for Banned Books Weeks library celebration, College of the Mainland, Oct. 2010.

“‘They Finally Did It’: The Americanization of the Planet of the Apes.” 33rd Annual American Studies Association of Turkey Conference, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Oct. 2008.

“Tituba Reconsidered: Caribbean Influences on the Salem Witch Trials,” versions presented at both the West Indian Literature Conference, March 2007, in Nassau, Bahamas, and the International Conference on Caribbean Studies at South Padre Island, Texas, October 2006.

“Meat Eating and Communal Guilt in Li Ang's The Butcher's Wife,” Fourth Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film, and the Other Arts, San Antonio, Texas, February 2006.

Teaching Honors

College Faculty of the Year, 2008, Collegiate High School, College of the Mainland