A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Bland joined the Marietta College faculty in 2005, after serving as the Director of First Year English at the University of Denver. At Marietta she helped develop the Creative Writing Concentration in the English Department and taught for many years in the Honors program. After serving as a McCoy Associate Professor, Division Coordinator for Arts and Humanities, and Associate Dean for Accreditation, she was appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty in July 2015.
Dr. Bland's research interests include Creative Writing, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Fiction, (Post Modernist, Women’s, Non-western), Narratology, Poststructuralism, and Cultural Studies. An award winning teacher and writer, her publications include a writing and civic engagement textbook; a short story collection; and other short stories and essays on topics including creativity, the first year experience, and campus engagement in accreditation. Dr. Bland and her partner Elinor have two adult sons, Mike and Jeff.