Student Testimonials

A vital part of my teaching pedagogy involves metacognition and reflective writing. The following are excerpts from mid-course and final reflective letters, as well as emails and Facebook posts, written by students around the world who have taken my courses. Click the course title to view its syllabus; click the students’ names to visit their course blogs and to view each quote’s original source. Feedback is available from the following courses:

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LGBT Studies, an undergraduate course



LGBT 200: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

Created by: Marlen Harrison and Phillip Schnarrs in consultation with Dr. Robert Heasley, Dr. Valerie Gunter, Jimmy Alunni, and Coby Brubaker

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Marlen and students publish research in new Language Learning in Higher Education

Image from two years and numerous revisions (and rejections), Marlen and his Finnish students have finally found a home for their research manuscript, Bridging passion and profession: Supporting agency and investment in multilingual university writers.” The journal Language Learning in Higher Education – edited by the renowned David Little of Trinity College, Dublin – is the newly founded, double-blind per-reviewed journal of the prestigious European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education and is dedicated to disseminating the best results of research activities carried out at language centres and higher education departments. Marlen’s manuscript is co-authored by no less than seven of his students from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Maiju Uusipaikka, Annika Karinen, Tanja Räsänen, Diana Raitala, Reetta Ellonen, Hanna Huumonen and Otto Tuomela. The abstract follows:

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Co-authored Manuscript to be published in Psychology Journal

Marlen’s manuscript entitled “Running, being and Beijing? An existential, autoethnographic exploration of a runner identity” and co-authored by lead researcher Noora Ronkainen and Professor Tatiana Riba of Aarhus University, Denmark, has been accepted for publication at Qualitative Research in Psychology, a Taylor and Francis peer-reviewed journal. The autoethnographic manuscript is an exploration of Noora’s written reflections on her experience as a runner challenged to understand the ramifications of geographic and cultural migration. Abstract below:

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Harrison & Baiano to Present at 2013 Congress

Image from congress2013.caOn Saturday, June 1st, 2013 Marlen and UT student Alexa Baiano will kick off the Sexuality Studies Association’s scientific program; their discussion of sex and the college writing classroom will be SSA’s first presentation of the weekend as part of Canada’s 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. View the abstract here.

From “Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is known simply as “Congress.” Now in its 82nd year, this singular, flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars across disciplines. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

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