Marlen Re-designs Diversity in Education Course

In autumn, 2016, Marlen re-designed Tiffin University’s “Diversity in Education” course. Marlen had previously taught the course in summer, 2016, as part of Tiffin’s online M.Ed. program. Acting as a subject matter expert, Marlen selected Banks & Banks’ Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives as the new course text, for example, and expanded the units on Multilingual and LGBTQ students. Additionally, the documentary films People Like Us and … Continue reading Marlen Re-designs Diversity in Education Course

Marlen to Join Indiana University East’s Online Graduate Writing Faculty; Designs contemporary Literacies Capstone Course

In January, 2017, Marlen will join the online faculty of Indiana University East’s graduate writing certificate program. Marlen will teach Writing 682, Capstone: Contemporary Literacy Practices. The course will focus on digital technologies, “electracy” and the development of composition and rhetoric in the 21st century. Click me to view the full syllabus. Continue reading Marlen to Join Indiana University East’s Online Graduate Writing Faculty; Designs contemporary Literacies Capstone Course

Philosophy of Teaching

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING “To love what you do and feel that it matters, what could be more fun?” In the classroom, I employ a humanizing, student-centered pedagogy where all learners’ voices are valid, and where practice, exploration and reflection are more important than perfection. My goal is to nurture a critical learning environment that honors the diversity of student abilities and identities. Through uses of … Continue reading Philosophy of Teaching

Literary Studies and Personal Voice: Exploring Autoethnography as a Research Method in the Graduate English Thesis

One of the ways that literature instructors can actively address states of insecurity with graduate thesis writers is by helping them develop projects that build upon strengths and interests and critically explore connections between personal and cultural experience. As such, this session seeks to expand concepts of literary research by examining the enduring paradigm of author-evacuated research (see Geertz’s 1988 Works and Lives, and Swales’ … Continue reading Literary Studies and Personal Voice: Exploring Autoethnography as a Research Method in the Graduate English Thesis

Project Coordinator & Writer, The Smithsonian

In 2015, Dr. Harrison worked as a Project Coordinator and Writer for The Smithsonian’s Indians at the Post Office virtual exhibit, a joint project of the US Postal Service, the National Postal Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian. For this project, Dr. Harrison:  Was awarded a contract with the National Museum of the American Indian. Assembled a team of international researchers to develop scholarly texts that explicate American … Continue reading Project Coordinator & Writer, The Smithsonian

Resisting Definition: The Transitional Space of Dual-Credit College Composition

Resisting Definition: The Transitional Space of Dual-Credit College Composition Mable Paquin Marlen Elliot Harrison Abstract Although Dual-Credit Composition (DCC) courses offered at two and four-year colleges increased by 75% between 2005 and 2016 across the USA, and although DCC is expected to be equivalent to college Composition classes in meeting “Course Quality” and promoting NACEP 2013 objectives, research in DCC includes data that offers often … Continue reading Resisting Definition: The Transitional Space of Dual-Credit College Composition