Dr. Randi Tanglen, PhD

English Professor at Austin College

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


Public Humanities Presentations

I love bringing my research into the world! Contact me about speaking to your civic, community, or women’s organization. I also give presentations at churches, schools, and libraries.

How to be a bad-ass woman: Making a difference in difficult political times

How can we come to political voice when the current political climate is so disheartening? Abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke provide an empowering model of informed activism and moral courage. Presented as a Ted Talk at TedX Austin College. Watch it here!

Top ten secrets of Little Women and Louisa May Alcott

Learn the “real story” behind Little Women and its author and come to appreciate this beloved classic even more. Recently presented at the Sherman Public Library.

Could "The Handmaid's Tale" happen today?

Although it is set in a dystopian future, Margaret Atwood’s feminist classic The Handmaid’s Tale has much to tell us about threats to women’s rights and reproductive justice today. Recently presented at Highland Park Unitarian Church Women’s Day Alliance, Austin College Dallas Women Get Connected, and the Democratic Women of Grayson County.

"A wishy washy life isn't worth a damn": The forgotten life and writing of Gertrude Beasley

In 1925, Gertrude Beasley wrote a stunning memoir of growing up in Abilene, Texas. After her memoir was banned in England and the U.S., she mysteriously disappeared. Beasley’s book is still out of print, and her voice calls out to us from the literary archive.

Olive Oatman: Captive of literature and history

As a young girl, Olive Oatman was taken captive by the Mohave people of California and received the ritual tattoo markings of the tribe. Upon her release, she became an instant celebrity but eventually settled into a quiet life in Sherman, Texas. Although her life and story still fascinate us, there is much we don’t know about Oatman’s experiences as a captive and what it meant to her.

Faculty Development Workshops

Contact me about bringing these workshops to your campus!

Discovering and writing your philosophy of teaching and learning

Through a card-sort exercise and discussion, faculty draft a teaching statement that reflects their professional and personal values.

Aligning your teaching values and approaches

This reflective, discussion-based workshop encourages faculty to connect their teaching values with their classroom practice.

Course design and reflection in the liberal arts

Presented with Dr. Karla McCain. Backward design and instructor reflection ensure that our courses are aligned with the mission and values of the liberal arts.

Mid-career faculty reflection

Research shows that mid-career faculty at liberal arts colleges can lose sight of why they entered the profession. This workshop provides opportunity to consider fresh pathways and goals.

How to organize a faculty writing group

Based on the successful faculty writing group at Austin College, this workshop offers several writing group models that provide faculty with feedback, goal-setting, and accountability.

How to be a public intellectual

Liberal arts college faculty in all disciplines have significant knowledge, talent, and leadership to offer their communities. Many faculty experience personal and professional satisfaction from finding ways to make their research relevant and accessible to a public audience.


I’ve worked with several small colleges to get their faculty development centers up and running.

Liberal arts faculty development: Getting started

A vibrant faculty development program reinforces liberal arts values among the faculty and enhances the student learning experience. Information about various program models, best practices, and how to gain faculty buy-in will help you determine your institution’s faculty development needs.