Educator & Researcher

14591749_10157578697715652_3455073484169808627_nDr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching “MA Thesis/Capstone in English” and “Theory and Teaching of Composition” while also coaching other instructors in his role as Team Lead for the online M.A. programs in English and Writing at Southern New Hampshire University COCE since 2015. In 2016 he began teaching courses such as “Educational Leadership”, “Education & Diversity” and “Learning & Assessment” while also developing curriculum as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the M.Ed. program at Tiffin University. In 2017 he began teaching for the online graduate certificate program in composition at Indiana University East, designing and delivering the capstone course in contemporary literacies.  

Dr. Harrison has been teaching composition & communication; language (TESOL) & literature; gender & sexuality; 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.

As a journalist, Dr. Harrison is Managing Editor of the Fragrantica.com 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 self-created, online magazine, PerfumeCritic.com (2006-2010)/ThePerfumeCritic.com (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.

“TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO AND FEEL THAT IT MATTERS, WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN?”
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