Ena Vulor

Ena Vulor

McCoy Professor of French Language and Literature, Chair of Department of Modern Languages, Director of European Studies

Dept: Modern Languages




Office: Thomas 304

Degrees: Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature (Cornell University), 1994; Master of Arts in French and Francophone Literature (Cornell University), 1991; Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (University of Ghana), 1980

Year appointed: 1993

Dr. Vulor was born in Ghana (West Africa); she lived, studied, and traveled in various French speaking countries, such as Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Belgium, France.

Her research and areas of interest include Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures, French Literature, and Education and Youth Development in Rural Ghana.

Her publications include "Colonial and Anti-Colonial Discourses: Albert Camus and Algeria," "Touria Haraoui, Une enfance marocaine," and "Mohammed Dib,/Le Désert san détour."



Luding Tong

Luding Tong

Professor of Chinese, Director of Asian Studies

Dept: Modern Languages, Asian Studies




Office: Thomas, 308

Degrees: Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature (Washington University); Master's in Comparative Literature (Washington University); Master's in English and American Literature (Southern Illinois); Bachelor's (Anhui University)

Year appointed: 2000

Dr. Tong taught at both the University of Colorado and Michigan State University before joining Marietta College in 2000. Dr. Tong's research and publications focus on culture, gender, and identity in modern Chinese literature and in contemporary Chinese visual culture, and on the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Her two recent journal publications are "'The Fairest of Them All': In Search of One's Self through Advertising" and "Interplay of 'Cultural Imperialism' and 'Cultural nationalism' in Multi-Nationals' Advertising Strategies in China." Currently, Dr. Tong is working with Professor Xu Hui from the University of International Relations in Beijing China on a collaborative textbook project of Chinese Advertising in the New Media Age.

Dr. Tong is Director of the Asian Studies Program and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages.



Javier Jimenez

Javier Jimenez

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Latin American Studies Program

Dept: Modern Languages



Office: Thomas 212

Degrees: PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
MA, English Literature, San Francisco State University
BA, History-Sociology, Columbia University

Expertise: Latin American Literature, particularly Spanish Caribbean and Brazilian narrative, and Latin American and Latino culture.

Year appointed: 2012

Dr. Jimenez teaches courses in Spanish language, Latin American literature and culture, and U.S. Latino literature and culture. In his courses, students develop not only their Spanish language skills but also their critical thinking skills, both of which are integral parts of a liberal arts education. Dr. Jimenez enjoys creating and maintaining strong bonds with students as well as advising them in the pursuit of their goals.

Dr. Jimenez scholarship focuses on the literature and culture of the Spanish Caribbean and Brazil, especially on the intersections between literature and politics. His current book project, Regarding American Customs: Making Sense out of Costumbrismo in Latin American Literature and Art, analyzes how nineteenth-century literary and visual forms marshaled the techniques of the custom sketch to create a spectral national history, or myth, as an alternative to colonial history. As part of this analysis, the book project engages questions of literary form as well as politics in Cuba and Brazil. Dr. Jimenez also studies race and sexuality in contemporary diasporic Latin American and Latino literature and film.



Tim Abeln

Tim Abeln

Instructor, Spanish

Dept: Modern Languages


Office: Thomas Hall 211

Degrees: AA, East Central College, 2002. BA, Spanish, Secondary Education, Webster University, 2006. MA, Spanish, Bowling Green State University, 2008

Research Interests: Latin American Literature, Contemporary Mexican Literature

Year appointed: 2011



Janie Rees-Miller

Janie Rees-Miller

Professor, Director of ESL

Dept: Modern Languages




Office: THMS 214

Degrees: Bachelor's in Religion (Oberlin), Master's in Religious Studies (American University of Beirut, Lebanon) Master's in TESOL (SUNY-Stony Brook), Ph.D. in Linguistics (SUNY-Stony Brook)

Year appointed: 1996

Areas of Interest
Linguistics, Linguistics for the non-specialist, applied linguistics, pragmatics, TESOL methodology and teacher education, Native American language contact with English; English as a Second Language; Middle Eastern Culture and Civilization

Recent Publications
Co-editor: The Handbook of Linguistics published by Blackwell
Co-editor: Contemporary Linguistics, fourth, fifth, and six U.S. editions (the most widely used introductory linguistics textbook in the U.S.)



Leanne Price

Leanne Price

Instructor, ESL

Dept: Modern Languages



Office: Thomas 213

Degrees: Master of Arts in Teaching ESL, School for International Training, 2002. B.A. English, Marietta College, 1997

Areas of interest: Teaching English as a Second Language; Cultural Differences in Rhetorical Styles

Year appointed: 2009



Linda Zhang

Zhiling (Linda) Zhang

ESL Lecturer

Dept: Modern Languages



Office: Thomas 211

Degrees: MA in TESOL, Canberra University, Australia; BA in English Language and Literature, Beijing, China

Areas of interest: Applied Linguistics; Translation Studies and Comparative Cultures.

Year appointed: 2009



Debbie McNutt

Debbie McNutt

Office Coordinator, ESL Lecturer

Dept: Information Technology, Modern Languages




Office: Irvine 113

Degrees: MAED, Marietta College, 2007; G.S., Marietta College, 2003; TEFL Certification, Marietta College 2003

Expertise: Teaching English as a Second Language, FYE First Year Experience International Students

Year appointed: 2007



Angie Stevens

Angie Stevens

Academic Secretary

Dept: English and Modern Languages




Office: Thomas 216

Year appointed: 2004

Angie has worked for several businesses in Marietta over the past 32 years, including Peoples Banking and Trust Co. and Charter Cable serving as a customer service representative. She began her employment at Marietta College in August 2004 working as a part-time secretary for the Honors Program. Angie worked in the Records Office as an Assistant before being appointed to the position of secretary to the Departments of English and Modern Languages.