Daniel P. Gunn
Interim Provost / Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
Daniel P. Gunn grew up in New York, where his father worked as a police officer and his mother was a parochial school teacher. He won a scholarship to Regis High School, a Jesuit school for boys in Manhattan, and then attended the College of the Holy Cross, where he majored in English, spent a year in England at the University of Durham, and graduated magna cum laude in 1974. He was admitted to the doctoral program in English at Boston College the next year and earned a Ph.D. in 1980, with a specialization in the history and theory of the English novel.
Gunn joined the faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington as Assistant Professor of English in 1980. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1984 and to the rank of Professor in 1992. At UMF, he has taught courses in the English Novel, the theory of the novel, the eighteenth century, Shakespeare, Joyce, and many other areas. Gunn was selected to teach the first Honors course at UMF when the program was instituted; he also taught the first women’s studies course in any discipline at UMF.
At UMF, he has served as Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, Chair and Secretary of the Faculty Senate, Director of the First-Year Composition Program, Director of the Writing across the Curriculum Project, Humanities Department Chair, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. As Humanities Department Chair, he dramatically increased the numbers of English majors, added positions in English, French, Spanish, Philosophy, and Religion, coordinated several substantial curricular reforms, and helped to develop the highly-regarded B.F.A. program in Creative Writing.
Gunn’s scholarly work is in the English novel. He has published critical essays on Jane Austen, George Eliot, James Joyce, Samuel Richardson, and other novelists in distinguished academic journals including Narrative, Nineteenth-Century Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has also published occasional essays in the Iowa Review, the Ohio Review and other magazines. His essay on Richardson’sClarissa was reprinted in Passion and Virtue (University of Toronto Press, 2000). He won a fellowship to the National Humanities Center in 1988 and a UMF Trustee Professorship in 2003.
Gunn lives in New Sharon, Maine, with his wife and two daughters.