Academic Affairs Staff
Mark A. Miller
Department: Office of Academic Affairs/Department of Mathematics, Computing & Information Systems
Education: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Denver, 1999; Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Denver, 1993; B.S.E. in Mathematics, John Brown University, 1984
Phone: (740) 376-4811
Year appointed: 1999 (Math faculty); 2014 (current position)
Dr. Miller, who joined Marietta College’s faculty in 1999 and has served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs since 2011, was named the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in December of 2014.
Before joining the College’s Administration, Dr. Miller was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and served as the Mathematics Department Chair, Chair of the Faculty and as a member of the Vision 2020 task force.
Dr. Miller’s research interests are combinatorics and finite geometry.
Professor of Communication Studies, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dept: Office of Academic Affairs/Communication Studies
Office: Irvine 212
Degrees: Ph.D. in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1997; Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Inquiry Emphasis, Indiana University, 1992; Master of Arts in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1991; Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication, University of Indianapolis, 1986.
Year appointed: 1999 (Communication Studies faculty); 2013 (Current position)
Dr. Walker, who joined Marietta College’s faculty in 1999, has served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education since 2013.
Before joining the College’s Administration, Dr. Walker served as the Communication and Media Studies Department Chair from 2008-12, Assistant Dean of FYSE and Advising 2004-12 and Director of First Year Experience 2001-04. She served as faculty Parliamentarian from 2000-14.
Dr. Walker's research interests surround issues contributing to student success and retention including the impact of communication apprehension and learning communities. She leads institutional initiatives such as MAP-Works which focuses on student success and retention. She occasionally consults with other liberal arts colleges regarding the development of first year programs and teaches workshops on pedagogy for the first year classroom. When she has the opportunity she still enjoys teaching a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Oral Interpretation, and Persuasion.
Janet L. Bland
Title: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Phone: (740) 376-4741
Education: Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Denver, 2001; Master of Arts in English/Creative Writing, Temple University, 1994; Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing Emphasis, University of Washington, 1987.
Research Interests: Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Post-structuralism, and Cultural Studies
Recent Publications: Selected publications include a writing textbook The Civil Mind (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006); a short story collection, A Fish Full of River (Ghost Road Press, 2006); and "The Possum: Teaching Creativity" (Teachers and Writers, 2012)
Courses (Fall 2014): Representations of Technology in Film and Literature and Self-Expression: Reading and Writing Memoir
Courses (Spring 2015): Introduction to Creative Writing and College Composition
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
A lot of writing, and reading, and an engaged exploration of the creative process.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
I really enjoy the process of insightful discover that we explore together, as students begin to think of themselves as creative people.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy travel, spending time with family, going to movies, all sorts of music, and I am quite a bad guitar player.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I want to read good fiction — with engaging characters and a compelling narrative voice. I don’t really care if this sort of writing arrives in paperback, hardback, on my Kindle, or on my iPad — I read all forms.
What is your favorite location on campus and why? I really like the lower level of the library, just outside of Special Collections. It’s peaceful and there are comfy chairs.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
A native of Seattle, Dr. Bland joined the Marietta College faculty in 2005, after serving as
the Director of First Year English at the University of Denver. At Marietta she helped
develop the Creative Writing Concentration in the English Department and taught for
many years in the Honors program. After serving as a McCoy Associate Professor,
Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities, and Associate Dean for Accreditation, she
was appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty in July 2015.
Dr. Bland's research interests include Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Poststructuralism, and Cultural Studies. An award winning teacher and writer, her publications include a writing and civic engagement textbook; a short story collection; and other short stories and essays on topics including creativity, the first year experience, and campus engagement in accreditation.
Dr. Bland and her partner Elinor have two adult sons, Mike and Jeff.
Administrative Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs
Office: Irvine, 2nd Floor