Academic Affairs Staff
Mark A. Miller
Title: Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
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.
He and his wife, Andrea, live 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.
Janet L. Bland
Title: McCoy Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Accreditation
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
Phone: (740) 376-4626
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?
Administrative Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs
Office: Irvine, 2nd Floor