Rendering of the proposed new Blankley Field at Dakota State University..

Legacy Lives On

New athletics complex named after DSU Coach George Blankley. The Trojans Unite campaign will focus on several areas, one of those key areas being athletic facilities.

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Justin Blessinger

Justin Blessinger

Justin Blessinger

Professor of English


College of Arts and Sciences


Ph.D., University of South Dakota
M.A., Emporia State University
B.A., Tabor College


Justin L. Blessinger teaches creative writing, modernist lit, media studies, and literature of the British Isles. Winner of the 2008 Doug Fir prize for fiction, he also publishes poetry; his work has appeared in the The Bear Deluxe Magazine, South Dakota Review, and in the anthology In Our Own Words.

Dr. Blessinger brings a wealth of experience in accessibility issues, development, and communication. A native of northeastern Montana, he is the Director of the DSU AdapT Lab for Accessible Technology, he is responsible for the development of a beta-version of the “Goto” navigation-assistance app we plan to deploy. He is certified in Accessible Information Technology by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information). He is one of 5 founding members of the DSU Barrier-Free Learning Committee, established to create a proactive forum for innovative solutions to accessibility needs and to advocate on behalf of disabled students. He is also the author of a software plug-in for Microsoft Word that improves feedback of writing. He is a champion for the regional Go Baby Go program, providing modified electric “cars” for children with disabilities.  In collaboration with Dr. Chris Olson, he has recently created a series of rubrics that digitally submit assessment data needed for accreditation and for internal assessment to a cloud-hosted database, featured at the Higher Learning Commission conference. He is equipped with the electrical, mechanical, and fabrication know-how common to those, like him, who were raised on remote ranches. He has a record of working well with varied groups to accomplish collective goals.​


Office Location: Beadle Hall
Phone: 605-256-5273