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

Title: Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Director of Asian Studies Program

Department: Modern Languages; Asian Studies

Education: Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2000; Master of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 1986; Master of Philosophy in English and American Literature, University of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1984; Bachelor of Arts in English, Anhui University, China, 1981

Research Interests: Research interests include culture, gender, and identity in modern Chinese literature and in Chinese visual culture, and on the pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Recent Publications:

Book: Co-author. Emotional Appeals and Strategies in Modern Chinese Advertising), Beijing, China: University of International Relations/Binqi gongye Press, December, 2013.

Articles published in journals and conference proceedings:

  • “‘The Young and the Restless’: Grappling with the Young Chinese Consumer Mindset,” in Review of Business and Finance Studies (forthcoming).
  • “Interplay of ‘Cultural Imperialism’ and ‘Cultural Nationalism’ in Multinationals’ Advertising Strategies in China,” in Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings. The Institute of Business and Finance Research. 4:1 (2009).
  • “‘The Fairest of Them All’: Finding One’s Self through Advertising,” in Education about Asia, 14:1 (Spring 2009).
  • “A Technology-Enhanced Three-Step Approach to Improving Student Chinese Oral Proficiency,” in Collected Essays of The Fifth International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Teaching in the 21st Century. University of Macau, June 2008.
  • “Advertising in Contemporary China and Its Censorship,” in Proceedings of the 2007 Meeting of the Academy of Business Disciplines. Shippensburg University, November 2007.
  • Co-author. "Exploring East Asian Culture through Video Clips," in Education about Asia, 7:1 (Spring 2002).

Courses (Fall 2014): Elementary Chinese I, Intermediate Chinese I, Advanced Chinese, East Asian Literature: Pre-Modern Period

Courses (Spring 2015): Elementary Chinese II, Intermediate Chinese II, East Asian Cultures Through Film

Phone: (740) 376-4640

Email: tongu@marietta.edu

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

Students in my classes will learn about current global issues, interesting subject matters in Asian cultures and literature, and communicative Chinese language skills. Students will be engaged in group discussions and group activities to develop cross-cultural sensitivity and intellectual curiosity.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Students’ intellectual curiosity and the friendly learning environment make my teaching experience at the College rewarding.

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

When I am not working, I like walking, reading, and going online.

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

I prefer close readings. But sometimes, I flip through the pages for something interesting.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I spend most of my time in Thomas Hall, where I work, teach, and meet students.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

The Undergraduate Asian Studies symposia and the art exhibits organized by the Asian Studies Program. The annual International Week sponsored by the Department of Modern Language.



Javier Jimenez

Javier Jiménez

Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of Peer Mentor Program

Department: Modern Languages

Education: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2012; Master of Arts in English Literature, San Francisco State University, 2004; Bachelor of Arts in History-Sociology, 1999.

Research Interests: My scholarship focuses on the literature and culture of the Spanish Caribbean and Brazil, especially on the intersections between literature and politics. My 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.

Courses (Fall 2014): Beginning Elementary Spanish, Conversation and Composition, Peer Mentor Practicum.

Courses (Spring 2015): Intermediate Spanish II, Spanish American Civilization, Literature and Culture of the Caribbean.

Phone: (740) 376-4378

Email: jj002@marietta.edu

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

Students can expect to learn a lot about Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. (history, culture, literature, music). They can also expect to participate actively. While I like to have fun and enjoy class, I’m always trying to get students to think critically. I also challenge students to be better scholars and workers. Last but not least, I expect for students to challenge themselves and each other in order to learn and grow together.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Teaching small classes and forming academic and mentoring bonds with students excite me about being a professor at Marietta College.

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

You can probably find me playing video games or playing with my dogs.

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

I like both! As a student of literature, I like a physical book when I’m working. But for fun, I much prefer an e-book…so I can have as many stories as I want ready for me to devour them.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

My favorite location on campus is The Christy Mall. To me, its beauty and hustle and bustle is the epitome of the Marietta College experience.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

My favorite college event is…the one I organize: Cine Latino. It’s a film series featuring films from Latin America as well as U.S. films that explore the Latino experience. A close second is the Global Palate series because it’s a way to explore different cultures by learning from speaker and getting to know different foods from all over the world.



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

Name: Deborah McNutt

Title: ESL Instructor, Office Coordinator IT

Department: Modern Language, Information Technology

Education: Master of Arts in Education, Marietta College, 2007; G.S., Marietta College, 2003; TEFL Certification, Marietta College 2003

Research Interests: American Culture

Courses (Fall 2014): Bridge Oral/Aural – Listening & Note-taking, Cultural Transitions

Courses (Spring 2015): Bridge Oral/Aural – Listening & Note-taking, Cultural Transitions

Phone: (740) 376-4564

Email: drm001@marietta.edu

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

A friendly atmosphere where you’ll feel a freedom to ask questions, improve your note-taking skills and your presentation skills and become more familiar with how the American education system works.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

We work together to teach and support students. On a personal level I couldn’t think of anything I would rather be doing with my life than when I’m working with International students — It’s my dream job.

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

I enjoy reading, cooking and being with friends and family.

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

I’m a little old fashioned when it comes to books. I prefer a book, but I do use my iPad for reading books as well (it’s like having an entire library at your fingertips).

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

There really are so many locations I enjoy. The Chlapaty Café by the library, the benches outside of Thomas Hall, the outside top area by the bookstore/mailroom, and the bench by Erwin Hall are all favorite places to sit and watch the world pass by.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Global Palate — This is an awesome event and I think everyone should attend at least once. Sometimes they’ll have outside speakers or student presentations about their travels to other countries, which include a delicious dinner of food from that part of the world. In 2014, they did Japan with student debates which was quite exciting and Thailand with student presentations about mangrove trees and shrimp. Both were wonderful and entertaining.



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.