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.