Academic Affairs Staff

Karyn Sproles

Karyn Sproles


Dept: Cabinet


Twitter: @ProvostSproles

Office: IRVINE

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.



Mark Miller

Mark A. Miller

Title: Associate Provost for Academic Administration

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

Research Interests: Combinatorics and Finite Geometry

Recent Publications:

Mark A. Miller and Casey D. Trail, Sparse domination of (t,k)-prisms, Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 46 (2006), pp.81-87

Mark A. Miller, Finite thinking in an infinite world, Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 36 (2002), pp. 103-108

Mark A. Miller, Spreads and ovoids of generalized quadrangles of order (s, s + 2), Congressus Numerantium, 146 (2000), pp. 125-130

S. E. Payne and M. A. Miller, Collineations and characterizations of generalized quadrangles of order (q+1, q-1), Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo, Serie II, Suppl. 53 (1998), pp.137-166

Courses (Fall 2014): Excursions in Mathematics

Courses (Spring 2015): None

Phone: (740) 376-4811


What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I like to help students think differently about what exactly mathematics is. Mathematics is a language of truth and beauty. It’s hard to see that sometimes, but I hope that students end the semester with a stronger appreciation of both the utility and the beauty that mathematics has to offer.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Probably my favorite part of being a professor is getting to know our students and getting to play a role in their development.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, and traveling to places with beaches, mountains, or windmills.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I like my Kindle, but I still love the old-fashioned books on paper.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

One of my favorite places on campus is the Anderson Hancock Planetarium. The vastness of space fills me with wonder and causes me to reflect on Kierkegaard’s quote, “God in heaven, let me really feel my nothingness, not in order to despair over it, but in order to feel the more powerfully the greatness of Thy goodness.” Also, the seats are very comfortable.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I love Founders Day. We observe the history of the College, celebrate the accomplishments or our employees, and are inspired by invited speakers.



Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Associate Professor of Communication, Associate Provost for the Undergraduate Curriculum

Dept: Communication


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 Bland

Janet L. Bland

Title: McCoy Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Accreditation

Department: English

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?




Melody Chapin

Melody Chapin

Administrative Specialist, Office of Academic Affairs


Office: Irvine, 2nd Floor