David Dunaway Alumni Profile

David Dunaway profile

David Dunaway

BS (LSU '92), MS (LSU '94)

LSU Middleton Library

David Dunaway grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Baker High School. His interest in science started at a young age after receiving his first chemistry set for Christmas when he was six years old.  He then recalls receiving a new set almost every year after up until he was in high school. David graduated from Baker High School in 1977.

David enrolled in Louisiana State University in 1986 as a chemistry major.  As an undergraduate student, David worked in the chemistry department sponsored tutoring room as a tutor for three years. He credits his time as a student tutor as the most impactful and enjoyable experience during his undergraduate training.  David received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1992.

Following graduation, David enrolled in the LSU Chemistry doctoral studies program and joined the McCarley research group.  His graduate research focused on creating self-assembled monolayers on silicon substrates with Atomic Force Microscopy.  His contributions lead to the publication of three papers and a book chapter (McCarley et al., 1993; Wu et al., 1994; Dunaway & McCarley, 1994a; Dunaway & McCarley, 1994b).

After two years in the graduate program, David decided to change his career path and pursue his passion for teaching.  It was his experience as a student tutor that influenced him to pursue a Master of Education degree and teach high school chemistry and physics.  David taught Chemistry I, II and II AP at Baton Rouge High from 1995-1997, Chemistry and Physics at the East Baton Rouge Arts and Technology Charter school from 2003 to 2006, and worked at the Center for Math and Science Literacy at LSU (now the Cain Center) from 1997-2000 and 2006 to 2008. 

In addition to curriculum and instruction, David pursued a Master of Library and Information Science degree.  David transitioned into a new career at LSU’s Middleton Library as the Patent & Trademark Librarian from 2012 to 2015.  He then moved into the Science Librarian position from 2015 to present. In his current position, David serves as the liaison librarian to the College of Science and Coast & Environment.  He also conducts classroom instruction for the use of library resources, evaluation of information sources as well as one on one consultation with students and faculty.  David also administers the e-textbook program identifying eBooks that the Libraries’ can purchase for courses so students don’t have to pay for textbooks.  Furthermore, he manages collection development in the science areas by selecting eBook and print books for the Middleton Library collection.

When asked for advice to give to current students in the chemistry department at LSU, David stated, “Keep an open mind about career paths after you graduate.  You never know where life will take you so be willing to take chances and try new things.” 

Profile contributed by Gretchen Schneider