Dr. Randi Tanglen, PhD

English Professor at Austin College

Director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching

"Educating is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness."

--bell hooks

My Teaching

Hello, I’m Randi Tanglen, and I teach early and nineteenth-century American literature at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. As a teacher-scholar in the tradition of the liberal arts, I hope to empower my students to find their voices and make a difference in our challenging political times. My classes feature marginalized women and minority writers who address the question of what it means and has meant to be an American.

My Research

I have published scholarly articles on captivity narratives, women’s diaries, western American literature, and nineteenth-century American literary history. Currently, I research and write about pedagogical scholarship, autobiographical literary criticism, and the relationship between Confederate Monuments and American literature.

My Outreach and Workshops

My writing and speaking for general audiences connects American literary history to current events, and I recently completed The OpEd Project’s “Write to Change the World” workshop. Click here to watch my TedTalk, “How to be a bad-ass woman.”

I also speak on faculty development issues including reflective teaching, inclusive pedagogy, and faculty leadership in higher education.

"Art and literature and storytelling are at the epicenter of all that a nation or an individual intends to be."

--Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Program Director

Austin College Gender Studies Program


Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching

Woman of Achievement Award, 2014

Texoma American Association of University Women (AAUW)