Jenny C. Bangsund, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English/Area Chair of Humanities


  • 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 - Writing and Intellectual Trad I
  • LAR112 - Writing and Intellectual Trad II
  • LAR211 - University Honors Core I
  • ENG200 - Introduction to Literature
  • ENG341 -
  • ENG345 -
  • ENG366 - Evolving Canons
  • ENG423 - Literary Criticism
  • ENG490 - Special Topics
  • PHI207 - Intro to Philosophy


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
  • 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

Service/Volunteer Work

Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewer, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL), Summer 2012

Peer Reviewer, The Flannery O’Connor Review, Spring-Summer 2011

Administrative Leadership

Director, USF Honors Program, 2011-present

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

Conference Participation and Leadership

Faculty Mentor, Kiera Frey and Taya Sandro

            Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, Grove City, Pa., March 2010

Faculty Mentor, Elizabeth Ferguson and Kiera Frey

            USF Undergraduate Research Conference, Sioux Falls, S.D., May 2009

Institute Participant, “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor”

            NEH Institute, Milledgeville, Ga., July 2007

Community Service

KCSD Radio: Member, Board of Directors

St. Mark's Lutheran Church: Member; Chair, Worship and Music Committee; Synod Assembly Delegate

The Dwelling Place and Leavenworth and Upper Valley Employment Services (LUVES): Consultant to the Board of Directors