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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.