Dr. Randi Lynn Tanglen became vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of North Dakota in January 2023. She has degrees from Rocky Mountain College (B.A., English Education), the University of Montana (M.A., English), and the University of Arizona (Ph.D., English). For twelve years she was on the faculty at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and was promoted to the rank of full professor of English in 2019. While at Austin College, she served as director of the gender studies program, interim chair of the English department, and director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching. Her co-edited volume Teaching Western American Literature appeared in 2020, and her essays on American women writers, western American literature, and literary studies pedagogy have been published in Western American Literature, Southwestern American Literature, and several edited volumes. Randi served as executive director of Humanities Montana, the non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in her home state, from 2020-2022.
"Teaching American Literature as a Confederate Monument." Reading Confederate Monuments. Ed. Maria Seger, University Press of Mississippi, 2022.
"Moriscos and Mormons: Captivity Literature on the Spanish and American Frontiers." Co-authered with Elizabeth Terry-Roisin. Separate Worlds? Spain, the United States, and Transatlantic Literary Culture Throughout the Nineteenth Century. Eds. John Havard and Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso. Routledge University Press, 2021.
Teaching Western American Literature. Co-edited volume with Brady Harrison, University of Nebraska Press, 2020.
"Anti-Mormon Prejudice and the Politics of Whiteness in The Captivity of the Oatman Girls." Southwestern American Literature, 2017.
"Canons of Nineteeth-Century American Literature: How to Use Literature Circles to Teach Popular, Under-Represented, and Canonical Literary Traditions." Teaching Tainted Lit: Popular Literature and the Perils and Pleasures of the Classroom. Ed. Janet Casey. University of Iowa Press, 2015.
"Critical Regionalism, the U.S. Mexican War, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary History." Western American Literature, 2013.
Ph.D., English, University of Arizona
M.A., English, University of Montana
B.A., English Education, summa cum laude, Rocky Mountain College