Academic Affairs Staff
Degrees: Ph.D. in English (1987) and Master of Arts in English (1985) State University of New York at Buffalo; Bachelor of Arts in Literature from The American University (1982)
Year appointed: 2013
Dr. Sproles, a native of Virginia, joined Marietta College on July 1, 2013. She directs all functions related to undergraduate and graduate studies, the faculty, and the overall direction of the academic programs. In addition to sitting on the Cabinet, she oversees the Office of Academic Affairs, which includes: Academic Grants, the Academic Resource Center, the Career Center, Education Abroad, the Hartel Program, the Honors Program, the Investigative Studies Program, the Legacy Library, the Records Office, and the Worthington Center for Teaching Excellence. As Provost and Dean of the Faculty, leadership of the College falls to Dr. Sproles in the absence of the President.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Dr. Sproles was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Carlow University (2010-13), Director of Faculty Development at the University of Southern Indiana (2007-2010), Associate Dean for University Studies at James Madison University (1997-2007), and Chair of the English Department and Director of Women’s Studies at Hamline University (1987-97). Dr. Sproles has taught first-year composition for 28 years. She also developed and taught courses in British literature, literary theory, and women’s studies as well as interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in psychology, music, and biology. Dr. Sproles’ has published and delivered papers on feminist-psychoanalytic literary criticism and British Modernist literature as well as academic administration. Her book, Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, was published by Toronto University Press in 2006.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Office: Irvine 212
Degrees: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (University of Colorado-Denver), 1999; Master's in Applied Mathematics (University of Colorado-Denver), 1993; Bachelor's in Mathematics (John Brown), 1988
Year appointed: 1999
Before moving into administration, Dr. Miller taught for twelve years on the Mathematics Faculty where he still holds a joint appointment. His academic interests include combinatorics, finite geometry and the mutual intersection of mathematics, philosophy and theology. He enjoys playing bridge, solving word-puzzles and reading contemporary literature; he still mourns the untimely death of David Foster Wallace.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications, and he is a member of the Mathematical Association of America. Prior to working in college-level academia, he was a consultant with an environmental information management firm in Colorado. Before that he was a high school mathematics and social studies teacher.
Dr. Miller serves on the board of the Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and he is Secretary of the Marietta Reading Club. He and his wife, Andrea, are members of Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta.
Associate Professor of Communication, Associate Provost for the Undergraduate Curriculum
Office: Mills Hall
Degrees: Ph.D. (Indiana); Master's (Indiana); Bachelor's (University of Indianapolis)
Year appointed: 1999
Dr. Walker's two research interests are communication apprehension and the role of empathy in communication. She teaches a variety of courses, including Basic Public Speaking, Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation, Persuasion, Integrated Marketing Communication, Parliamentary Procedure, etc.
Outside of the College, she is very active in community theatre both acting and directing with the Mid-Ohio Valley Players and the Showboat Becky Thatcher. She also occasionally consults with area organizations concerning meeting and presentation skills.
Dr. Janet L. Bland
Associate Dean for Accreditation
McCoy Associate Professor of English
Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities
Dr. Bland, who teaches creative writing, published a book of short fiction, A Fish Full of River, in 2006. A Fish Full of River is a collection of nine character-driven stories that take place in the first half of the 20th century. Fish was nominated for a Colorado Book Award in the category of Fiction. Her work has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney's and Teaching and Writing Magazine.
When writing, Dr. Bland enjoys researching the history of events and then creating fictional characters to tell stories about within the historical time period.
She has also co-written The Civil Mind with Margaret Whitt, published in the summer of 2006. Currently, Dr. Bland is finishing a novel that takes place during hurricane Katrina.
Administrative Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs
Office: Irvine, 2nd Floor