Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching composition & communication; language (TESOL) & literature; gender & sexuality; education and leadership; and social science research writing methods at international universities in Asia, Europe and North America since 1997. As such he is a transdisciplinarian who is as much at home in the worlds of higher education administration and qualitative research methods as he is in composition pedagogy and language teaching. Having taught students in over 50 different academic programs at no less than 14 different universities across 6 countries and three continents, and with 70+ international academic presentations – including TESOL, EuroCALL, JALT, AAAL, ASA, AAA and CCCC – and 30+ international academic publications – including manuscripts in the following peer-reviewed journals: Qualitative Research in Psychology (USA), Language Learning in Higher Education (UK), Writing on the Edge (USA), Reflections on English Language Teaching (Singapore), CALL-EJ (Australia), and The Language Teacher (Japan) – he is passionate about researching the crossroads of technology, language, learning and identity.
Dr. Harrison is the recipient of numerous research and educational grants/fellowships; a Best of JALT (Japan, 2006) award; and international grants/honoraria from universities in Canada, Japan, Finland, Denmark and Belgium (Erasmus). In 2015 he was contracted to organize a group of international scholars to assist in the curation of a collaborative online exhibit for Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Postal Museum and the US Postal service. In 2017 he developed the Writing Center and EAP program for the new American University of Malta, and served as the Assessment Coordinator for the general education program. During the 2018-2019 school year, Dr. Harrison will be the recipient of an English Language Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to undertake teacher training at the national university in Tirana, Albania.
As a journalist, Dr. Harrison is Managing Editor of the Fragrantica family of websites (a magazine and database dedicated to fragrance and olfaction currently read by over 12 million viewers a month and published in 17 different languages) where he works with a staff of more than 20 international, multilingual writers. Dr. Harrison has also contributed to The Washington Blade, MensJournal.com, MensFitness.com, Playboy.com, Forbes.com, NYTimes.com, WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal) and international publications such as Finland’s Anna and Viva magazines and Canada’s Glow magazine. His writing has earned him international recognition and invitations to speak at events such as the 2008 Symposium of the American Society of Perfumers in NYC and the 2016 Esxence exhibition in Milan.
Having earned a PhD in writing and language teaching from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harrison also earned a Masters degree in education and human development (counseling) from The George Washington University and has worked in public and mental health at institutions such as the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (DC), Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the North Baltimore Center.