Jenny C. Bangsund, Ph.D.

Professor, English

Dr. Jenny Bangsund, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Area, has been at USF since 2007.  She has earned degrees from Northwest Nazarene University (1998, English and Philosophy), St. John's College, Santa Fe (2000, Liberal Arts), and Duquesne University (2007, English).  She routinely teaches in the Liberal Arts Core and the University Honors Program, and she also enjoys teaching upper level coursework in English, including Evolving Canons (contemporary literature), Digital Humanities, and Literary Theory and Cultural Criticism.  She is married to Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser, Director of Instrumental Music, and they have two children.


  • B.A., English and Philosophy, Northwest Nazarene University, 1998
  • M.A., Liberal Arts, St. John's College (Santa Fe), 2000
  • Ph.D., English, Duquesne University, 2007

Courses Taught

  • LAR111 -
  • LAR112 -
  • LAR211 -
  • ENG200 - Literature and the CriticalImagination
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  • ENG366 - Evolving Canons
  • ENG423 - Literary Criticism
  • ENG490 - Special Topics
  • PHI207 - Intro to Philosophy
  • ENG330 - Advanced Grammar
  • LAR211 -
  • LAR212 -
  • ENG423 - Literary Criticism
  • ENG425 - Digital Humanities & the Ethicsof Technology
  • ENG294 - Classical Literature & Mythology
  • ENG490 - Special Topics
  • ENG205 - Literature and the Imaginationof Grace
  • ENG224 - American Literature: Survey II

Professional Memberships

College English Association


  • Honors and Liberal Arts Education


Flannery O'Connor, Christianity and Literature, Disability Studies, Liberal Arts Education, Honors Education

Scholarships and Creative Work

Book Chapters
  • “On Embodied Theology: Sacraments of the Body in Ordinary Time and A Dynamic God.” Unspeakable: On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs. Eds. Merri Lisa Johnson and Susannah Mintz. Palgrave P, 2011.
  • “People Just Like Other People”: Cognitive Disability, Theology, and the Church Conversations in Science and Theology, University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D., December 2011
  • Headed Home USF Chapel Sioux Falls, SD, April 2021
  • Radical Human Dignity SDV100, University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, SD, September 2020
  • Startling Absences: The Missing Institution in O’Connor’s Fiction Startling Figures: A Celebration of the Legacy of Flannery O’Connor Milledgeville, Ga., April 2011
  • Illness and Intersection in the Work of Flannery O’Connor Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature Grove City, Pa., March 2010
  • The Freak of Nature and the Paradox of the Human in O’Connor’s “A Temple of the Holy Ghost” University of Iowa Conference on Religion, Literature and the Arts, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2009
  • He “bled in the Arm Service of his country”: Disability and World War II in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor Midwest MLA, Minneapolis, Minn., November 2008
  • Life in Ordinary Time: Marriage, Communion and Ecclesiology according to Nancy Mairs Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Sexuality and Gender, Sioux Falls, S.D., April 2008
  • Making the Modern Body: Medicine, Technology and Embodiment in Flannery O’Connor Louisville Conference on post-1900 Literature and Culture, Louisville, Ky., February 2008
  • Dismodernism, Dependence, and Death: The Poetics of Grief in Hilda Morley’s What Are Winds and What Are Waters Modernist Studies Association, Tulsa, Okla., October 2006
  • Tenderness and Terror: O’Connor, Disability, and Modern Eugenic Gestures Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism, Grand Rapids, Mich., October 2006
  • Safe at Home: Transgression and Redemption in August Wilson’s Fences Pennsylvania College English Association, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2006
  • “Someday she would tell him what she knew”: Imagination and Grace in Marilynne Robinson’s Lila College English Association Indianapolis, IN, March 2015
  • Bridging Disciplinary Islands in the Introduction to Literature Classroom College English Association Hilton Head, SC, March 2017
  • Challenging Classroom Conversations, with Elisabeth O’Toole USF Faculty Development Sioux Falls, SD, August 2021
  • Radical Human Dignity and the Problem of Whiteness, with Judy Zimbleman, USF Faculty Development Sioux Falls, SD, February 2021

Service/Volunteer Work

Administrative Leadership

Chair, Humanities Area, 2017-2022

Advisor, USF Honors Program, 2017-present

Director, USF Honors Program, 2011-2017

Coordinator, LAR Faculty Collaboration, 2008-present

Director, Writing Center, Duquesne University, 2003-2004

Assistant Director of First-Year Writing, Duquesne University English Department, 2003-2004

Cluster Leader: Literature, Health and Medicine, Duquesne English Department, 2003

Learning Community Leader: Liberal Arts for the Twenty-First Century, Duquesne University,

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 2002

University and Community Service

Teacher Education Committee, Faculty Status Committee, Committee on Liberal Arts Education, Academic Policies Committee, USF Academic Task Force (multiple), Steering Committee, Forum for Conversations in Science and Theology, History Search Committee, Criterion Three Committee, USF Self-Study for Institutional Reaccreditation, KCSD Radio Board of Directors, KCSD News Producer Search Committee, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Worship and Music Committee, USF Honors Committee, LAR Faculty Collaboration/Coordinator, 2007-08 (member), 2008-2022 (coordinator), The Dwelling Place (Leavenworth, WA) (consultant to the Board of Directors) (2002-present)


Peer Reviewer

Reading the World: Ideas that Matter.  Ed. Michael Austin.  3rd ed.  New York:  W.W. Norton.  Fall 2013.

Flannery O’Connor Review

Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL)