CURRENT C.V. AS OF 1/18 – CV JAN 2018

14591749_10157578697715652_3455073484169808627_nDr. 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 composition pedagogy and language teaching as in social linguistic and qualitative research methods. Having taught students in over 50 different academic programs at no less than 10 different universities across 5 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.

As a journalist, Dr. Harrison is Managing Editor of the 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,,,,,, (Wall Street Journal) and international publications such as Finland’s Anna and Viva magazines and Canada’s Glow magazine. His self-created, online magazine, (2006-2010)/ (2011-present) and work in the beauty industry have 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 worked in public and mental health at institutions such as the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (DC), Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the North Baltimore Center.



  • Writing project coordinator for The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
  • Evaluator for TOEFL, TOEIC & IELTS publications from Baron’s
  • Invited by University of Jyväskylä to present his teaching philosophy and multilingual writing curriculum to representatives from the Finnish Ministry of Education
  • Co-edited and developed the first published anthologies for American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA, 2010)
  • Chaired first-ever Symposium on Gender and Sexuality at IUP; received university president’s award for service to the community
  • Recipient of ERASMUS Teaching Grant (2012)
  • Developed the EAP and Writing Center for American University of Malta
  • Co-coordinator of JALT Learner Development special interest group
  • Executive editor of and featured in,,, and for his fragrance journalism
  • Seven years of international teaching experience outside the U.S. in Europe and Asia