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Assistant Professor
Director of the Cornerstone Press


Ph.D.: English, Kent State University, 2015
M.A.:  English, Montana State University, 2010
B.A.:  English literature, Montana State University, 2008

About Me

Professional Biography 

Ross K. Tangedal is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Cornerstone Press at UWSP. He specializes in American print & publishing culture, with emphasis in book history, textual editing, bibliography, and authorship, American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the American Midwest. He is the author of The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and co-editor of Editing the Harlem Renaissance (Clemson University Press, 2021). His articles have been published in multiple journals, including The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, South Atlantic Review, the Hemingway Review, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Authorship, and MidAmerica, as well as in various essay collections. He serves on the editorial team for the NEH-funded Hemingway Letters Project, where he is associate editor of volume 6: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934–1936) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022). He is the 2018-2019 recipient of the University Scholar Award at UWSP. 

Personal Biography 

My wife, CJ, and I are proud parents of two young daughters, Adeline and Hazel. We enjoy going on adventures (both near and far) and taking part in everything that Central Wisconsin has to offer, especially the outdoors and the many family activities this community provides. Aside from reading and writing, I also enjoy film, golf, true crime, bluegrass and alternative country music, football, and owning more books than I will ever read.

Research and Scholarly Interests: 

My primary fields include American Literature; Print and Publishing Studies; Bibliography (Descriptive, Enumerative, and Analytical); Book History; Textual Studies; Editorial Theory and Practice; Textual Editing; Documentary Editing; Authorship; Materiality; Publication Management; and Prefaces and Paratexts. 

Campus or community involvement: 

I have served as chair of the University Curriculum Committee (2020-2021) and the University Affairs Committee (2018-2020), and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Common Council (2018-2021). I am also an active member of the Modern Language Association, the American Literature Association, the Ernest Hemingway Society, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Association for Documentary Editing. 

Messages to Students:

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Seeing students light up when they recognize a new approach to literature is ultimately the most rewarding part of teaching book history, publishing, and textual studies. The English major is multifaceted, and for good reason. I found my methodology (bibliography) late in my studies, but when I found it, I knew I had a responsibility to continue sharpening its edges. Research methods, making connections, discovering complex histories, building narratives: these are the things that make teaching worth it. I love building and discovering, and in my classes (and research) I get to do that.

What do you want students gain from your teaching? 

Teaching the significance of print culture and authorship with rigorous attention to textual clarity alongside writing, reading, and research methods forms the core of my pedagogical approach. Students in my courses are expected to see texts as more than expressions of art; books are living beings filled with compromises and complex histories. My students will see books and texts in new ways: as outgrowths of authorial intention, social construction, and material transformation. The history of books is the history of humans, and I hope that my students learn that stories are what make us special, and stories are what give us our humanity.

Contact Information
​CCC 426
Stevens Point


​Courses Taught

​ENGL 101
Freshman English
​ENGL 150
​Advanced Freshman English
​ENGL 202
​​Sophomore English
​ENGL 250
Intermediate Composition
​ENGL 349/549
​​​Editing & Publishing
​​ENGL 350
​Creative Nonfiction
​ENGL 388
​Editorial Process
​ENGL 389
Book History​
​ENGL 390
Profession of Authorship
​ENGL 395
​Workshop in English: Book and Publication Design