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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 MEd program at Tiffin University. As a writer and journalist, Marlen is Managing Editor of the Fragrantica.com family of websites, a magazine and database dedicated to fragrance and olfaction currently read by over 10 million viewers a month and published in 17 different languages.

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 organized a group of international scholars to assist in the curation of  an online exhibit for The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

As a journalist, Dr. Harrison’s contributions have been included in The Washington Blade, MensJournal.com, MensFitness.com, Playboy.com, Forbes.com, NYTimes.com and international publications such as Finland’s Anna magazine 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.

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?”

C.V. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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)
  • 70+ international academic presentations, including TESOL, AAAL, ASA, the Linguistics Department at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and CCCC; 30+ international academic publications including Writing on the Edge (USA), Reflections on English Language Teaching (Singapore), CALL-EJ (Australia), and The Language Teacher (Japan)
  • Executive editor of Fragrantica.com and featured in MensFitness.com, MensJournal.com, Playboy.com, and NYTimes.com for his fragrance journalism
  • Assistant Case Coordinator for int’l political asylum seekers, law firm of Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC
  • Office manager and administrative assistant in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD
  • Masters internship in LGBT mental health at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, DC

EDUCATION

2006 – 2010 DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

  • English Composition and TESOL
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana (city), Pennsylvania
  • Dissertation: Discovering voices, discovering selves: Auto-ethnographic examinations of the relationships between Japanese queer sexualities and English as language and culture. (click title to view dissertation website; click HERE to view actual manuscript)
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nancy Hayward
  • IUP Doctoral Research Grant, 2009
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: English 101, Freshman Composition (ESL); English 202, Research Writing (ESL)
  • GLBT Commission member, 2007-2010
  • Board Member of EGO, English Graduate Organization, 2006
  • Academic Fellowship and Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Editor of graduate program newsletter
  • Developed and facilitated Reflective Practice group for Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL
  • Independently designed, developed, and oversaw departmental community website and online forum, 2007-2010

1996 – 1997 MASTER OF ARTS

  • Education and Human Development
  • The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Emphasis of study: Community Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapies
  • Masters internship in Counseling at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, DC
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: Counseling/Interviewing Skills
  • Member of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society
  • Academic Excellence Fellowship
  • Specialization in Art Therapy, Addictions Counseling, Group Therapy, and Psychodrama

1992 – 1995 BACHELOR OF ARTS

  • Honors Program in Psychology
  • Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
  • Completed undergraduate Honors thesis in psychological counseling, and field work in adult and adolescent psychiatric programs
  • Member of Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society
  • Graduated Magna cum Laude
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Graduate of the University Honors Program and the Honors Program in Psychology

1994 – 1995 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (year abroad)

  • Psychology of Freud and Jung; Asian influences on Western psychology.
  • Kingston University, Kingston-upon Thames, Surrey, England

SCHOLARSHIP

RESEARCH/DEVELOPMENT GRANTS:

  • Learning Enrichment Grant, 2013, to co-develop website and handbook for the First Year Writing Program at The University of Tampa
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Fellowship (Advisor/Co-author), 2013, to oversee and co-author research with the fellowship recipient, a University of Tampa student.
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Fellowship (Advisor/Co-author), 2013, to oversee and co-author research with the fellowship recipient, a University of Tampa student.
  • Foreign Invited Professor (Teaching & Research) Grant, 2012, to teach at Saitama University, Tokyo, Japan (Unfulfilled due to illness)
  • ERASMUS Teaching Grant, 2012, to teach at Universite de Liege, Belgium.
  • University Teaching Grant from University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2012, to teach in the Dept of Sport and Health Sciences
  • University Development Grant (co-recipient), 2011-2012, from University of Jyväskylä for developing the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) faculty training program. http://jyutace.info
  • Graduate Student Development Grant, 2009, from IUP (PhD) to chair a session on queer composition and rhetoric at the Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference at American University, Washington, DC
  • Doctoral Research Grant, 2009, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to fund my dissertation in Composition and TESOL
  • University Research Grant (co-recipient), 2004, from St. Andrews (Momoyama Gakuin) University to examine the university’s English language curriculum

TRAVEL GRANTS:

  • Travel Grant, 2013, from The University of Tampa to attend Conference of College Composition & Communication
  • Travel Grant, 2012, from University of Lapland to deliver a workshop to the staff of their Language Centre
  • Travel Grant: 2012, from University of Aarhus, Denmark to teach and speak to their Dept of Public health – Sport Sciences
  • Travel Grant, 2011, from University of Jyväskylä to speak at JALT Conference, Tokyo, Japan
  • Travel Grant, 2011, from University of Helsinki to present in their Language Centre’s colloquium series, Helsinki, Finland
  • Travel Grant, 2010, from IUP (PhD) to speak at TESOL Conference, Boston, USA
  • Travel Grant, 2009, from IUP (PhD) to speak at SSSS Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Travel Grant, 2009, from IUP (PhD) to speak at AMSA Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • Travel Grant, 2009, from IUP (PhD) to speak at CCC Conference, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Travel Grant, 2008, from IUP (PhD) to speak at JATL/JACET Conference, Nagoya, Japan
  • Travel Grant, 2007, from IUP (PhD) to speak at Nara JALT, Nara, Japan
  • Travel Grant, 2005, from St. Andrews to speak at JALT National conference, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Travel Grant, 2003, from St. Andrews to speak at Learner Development conference, Kobe, Japan

FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • IUP Foundation Academic Fellowship (PhD), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007 -2008
  • Graduate Merit Scholarship (PhD), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007
  • Graduate Student Assistantship (PhD), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006 -2007
  • IUP Foundation Academic Fellowship (PhD), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006 -2007
  • Academic Excellence Fellowship (MA), The George Washington University, 1996-1997
  • Academic Scholarship (BS), Appalachian State University, 1992-1995

RECOGNITION:

  • President’s GLBT Commission Award, for service to the campus community, IUP, 2010
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society, 2008-2010
  • “BEST OF JALT” Winner, 2006, for the 2005 Learner Development Mini-Conference presentation in Osaka, Japan: Emphasizing Student Autonomy through Collaborative Test Creation
  • Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society, 1996-1997
  • Psi Chi, International Psychology Honor Society, 1993-199

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UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

2015 – Present, GRADUATE FACULTY & TEAM LEAD

  • Southern New Hampshire University COCE, Master of Arts (M.A.) in English & Writing, online
  • Teaching online graduate courses in theory and pedagogy of writing, and MA capstone thesis supervision.
  • Supervising/coaching/evaluating a team of 25 faculty as Team Lead in Department of English and Literature.
  • Voluntarily collaborating with graduate students on extracurricular research endeavors.
  • Serving as a consultant on master’s thesis/portfolio projects.
  • Creating and managing multimodal online materials (graphics, interactive activities, original video, etc) for a variety of courses and purposes.

2016 – Present, GRADUATE FACULTY & SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT (SME)

  • Tiffin University, Master in Education (M.Ed.) online
  • Teaching online graduate courses in Educational Leadership, Educational Diveristy, and Learning & Assessment.
  • Developing/revising new and existing online graduate courses for the M.Ed. concentration in TESOL: Language Learning & Cultural Context.
  • Creating and managing multimodal online materials (graphics, interactive activities, original video, etc) for a variety of courses and purposes.

2012 (Fall) – 2013, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

  • University of Tampa, Department of English and Writing, Florida, USA
  • Taught courses in first year writing including Freshman Composition, ESL Writing and Research Writing
  • Co-recipient of University Learning Enrichment grant for development of website and handbook for the first year writing program.
  • Creating and managing multimodal online materials (graphics, interactive activities, original video, etc) for a variety of courses and purposes.

2010 – 2012 COLLEGE WRITING & COMMUNICATION LECTURER (Full-time)

  • University of Jyväskylä, Language Centre, Finland
  • Developed original graduate and undergraduate courses for numerous departments such as Combined Academic Reading, Writing, Research and Communication; Conference and Presentation Planning; and English Pedagogical Skills.
  • Invited by University of Jyväskylä to present teaching philosophy and multilingual writing curriculum to representatives from the Finnish Ministry of Education.
  • Co-recipient of university development grant for developing the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) faculty training program; autonomously developed interactive web platform and online community for the program.
  • Recipient of numerous grants from the university and the EU (e.g. Erasmus) for teaching and research
  • Developed writing seminars on conference poster presentations, autoethnographic writing, and conference and project skills courses for graduate students and faculty.
  • Member, Hiring Committee for English Language Group, Language Centre.
  • Developed and maintained personal website for classroom and course management purposes, blended learning, and community development.

2007 – 2010 COLLEGE WRITING & HUMANITIES INSTRUCTOR (Full-time)

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of English, USA
  • English 100 (Basic Writing), English 101 (Freshman Composition), English 121 (Humanities Literature), English 202 (Research Writing)
  • Developed and maintained personal website for classroom and course management purposes, blended learning, and community development.
  • Member of the University LGBTQ Commission and the University Safe Zone project.
  • Committee to establish an LGBTQ Studies Minor; Committee to establish an LGBTQ Resource Center.
  • Developed and facilitated first-ever LGBTQ Studies Conference at IUP.
  • President’s LGBTQ Committee Award for Service to the Community, 2010.
  • Created and managed program website and online community.

2006 ESL COLLEGE WRITING GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT (Part-time)

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in English 101 and 202 ESL writing courses with international students.

2002 – 2006 EFL COLLEGE WRITING & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR (Full-time)

  • St. Andrews (Momoyama Gakuin) University, Osaka, Japan
  • Developed and implemented original interdisciplinary curriculum for a variety of English language classes including reading, writing and oral communication.
  • Contributed to the design and development of an English textbook – Here and Now – for use by 1st year non-English majors.
  • Developed interactive website for language learning (using Moodle).
  • Contributed to the creation of common exams for 1st year non-English majors.
  • Received university research grant as co-researcher examining curriculum development.

2003 – 2006 EFL COLLEGE WRITING & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)

  • Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

2003 – 2004 EFL COLLEGE WRITING & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)

  • Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto, Japan

THESIS SUPERVISION/ADVISING

2015 – Present, MA THESIS DIRECTOR

  • SNHU, LIT 690 Capstone Thesis course instructor
  • Regularly directed 6-14 theses (consecutive ten week terms) in topics including classroom pedagogy of composition and literature, TESOL, reading instruction; literary analysis; autoethnography; theory & criticism; digital rhetoric; etc.

2011 – 2012  PhD THESIS/DISSERTATION CONSULTANT

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007 ESL INSTRUCTOR (private instructor)

  • Indiana, Pennsylvania

2006 EFL INSTRUCTOR, SPECIAL PROGRAMS

  • Tezukayama Girls Junior High School, Osaka, Japan

2004 – 2006 EFL INSTRUCTOR (private instruction)

  • Osaka, Japan

2003 – 2006 EFL INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)

  • Osaka International School, Osaka, Japan
  • Special Programs Music/English instructor with children ages 4-12.

2005 EFL INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)

  • Momoyama High School, Osaka, Japan

2002 – 2003 EFL INSTRUCTOR, ASSISTANT TRAINER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR (Full-time)

  • The Nova Group, Osaka, Japan
  • Kids program, Business English, TOEIC/TOEFL

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009 – Present, MANAGING EDITOR (2016) & COLUMNIST, FRAGRANCE WEBSITE/MAGAZINE

  • Fragrantica.com & Fragrantica.es

2012 – Present EXTERNAL REVIEWER

  • Barron’s Educational Publishing, USA

2015  – 2016 WRITING PROJECT COORDINATOR, “INDIANS AT THE POST OFFICE”

  • National Museum of the American Indian at The Smithsonian, Washington, DC

2015 CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAMMING STAFF

  • National Museum of the American Indian at The Smithsonian, Washington, DC

2009 TOEIC EXAM EVALUATOR

  • Educational Testing Service, USA

2007 STAFF WRITER

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Office of Public Relations

20052012 STAFF WRITER

  • Basenotes, NowSmellThis, BeautyAddict, and Fragrantica websites

2000 – 2002 ASSISTANT CASE COORDINATOR

  • The Law Firm of Arnold and Porter, Washington, DC

2000 PSYCHOTHERAPIST

  • The North Baltimore Center, Child and Adolescent Services, Baltimore, MD

1999 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & OFFICE MANAGER

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Surgery, Baltimore, MD

1997 – 1998 STAFF WRITER

  • The Wasington Blade, Washington, DC

1998 CENTER DIRECTOR

  • Sylvan Learning Center, Baltimore, Maryland

1997 PSYCHOTHERAPIST

  • The North Baltimore Center, Adult and Group Therapy Services, Baltimore, MD

1996 PSYCHOTHERAPIST (Masters internship)

  • The George Washington University Community Counseling Center, Washington, DC

1996 PSYCHOTHERAPIST (Masters internship)

  • The PRIDE Institute at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, DC

PRESENTATIONS & GUEST LECTURES

2016

  1. December: Applying Intellectual Presence in Online Grading Feedback (SNHU COCE Department Presentation)
  2. November: South Atlantic Modern Language Association: “The Caribbean Immigrant Student: Immigration, Education, and Representation” (with N. Jones-Young)
  3. April: 2016 Esxence (Milan, Italy): Judging & Criticism of Artistic Perfumery (with B Kubartz, C. Noppeney & S. Wilson-Brown).
  4. March: Guest Lecturer in Department of Speech and Dance, University of Tampa

2015

  1. March: Guest Lecturer in Department of Speech and Dance, University of Tampa

2014

  1. October: Teaching Methods for Adult & Diverse Populations (University of Tampa): Guest instructor
  2. March: Teaching Methods for Adult & Diverse Populations (University of Tampa): Guest instructor

2013

  1. June: 2013 Congress of the Federation of Humanities & Social Sciences (Victoria, Canada): “The Invisible Wor(l)d: A Student & Instructor’s Perspective on the College Writing Classroom & Human Sexuality” (with A. Baiano)
  2. March: University of Tampa, College of Arts and Letters: “Invitation to Innovation: An Introduction to Teaching with WordPress and Canvas” (with K. Tillman & G. Vivinetto)
  3. February: Fundamentals in Multilingual and Intercultural communication (University of Jyväskylä): “Language and Sexuality in Japan: An introduction to Linguistic Relativity”
  4. February: University of Tampa Teaching Guild: “Responding to and Assessing Student Writing” (with A. Colombe)

2012

  1. September: CERCLE-S European Language Centers Conference: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Investment and Agency in Multilingual Writers” (represented by M. Ussipaikka & T. Räsänen)
  2. June: JYU Summer School of Applied Language Studies: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Investment and Agency in Multilingual Writers”
  3. May: University Language Centre Guest Presenter, University of Lapland, Finland
  4. May: Graduate Studies in Sport & Health Sciences Teaching Grant, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  5. April: Erasmus Teaching Grant, University of Liege, Belgium
  6. February: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, American University: Session Co-Chair: “Identity and voice: Locating the lavender in composition and rhetorical studies”; Presentation: “The Closet in the Classroom: Constructing Queer Teacher Identities in Second Language Teaching”

2011

  1. November: Osaka Chapter of JALT: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Agency and Investment in Multilingual University Writers”
  2. November: Osaka Chapter of JALT: “The Post-Japan, Doctoral Experience in TESOL: Pursuing Language and Sexuality Research”
  3. November: Nara Chapter of JALT: “Innovation in writing: examining dialogues between instructors of English writing and Japanese learners of English”
  4. November: Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) Annual Conference: “‘I’m Only Gay in English’: Using Autoethnography to Examine Language and Sexuality in Japan”
  5. November: Invited Guest Lecture, University of Jyväskylä: “Language and Sexuality in Japan: An introduction to Linguistic Relativity”
  6. October: Crosscurrents in Language and Culture, ETMU Days 2011: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Investment and Agency in Multilingual Writers” (with M. Ussipaikka, T. Räsänen, D. Raitala and H. Huumonen)
  7. October: Invited Guest Lecture, University of Helsinki: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Investment and Agency in Multilingual Writers”
  8. June: New Dynamics in Language Learning, University of Jyväskylä: “Writing Across the Curriculum: Providing Opportunities for English Scholarship via JYU’s Language Centre”, Poster Session Chair and Poster
  9. February: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, American University: Session Co-Chair: “Identity and voice: Locating the lavender in composition and rhetorical studies; Presenter: “The issue of gay and lesbian parenting: Rhetorical examinations of Finnish university students’ beliefs” (with Varmavuori, E.)
  10. February: University of Jyväskylä Language Campus Conference: Writing Across the Curriculum: Providing Opportunities for English Scholarship via JYU’s Language Centre

2010

  1. April: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, American University: Session Chair: “Identity and voice: Locating the lavender in composition and rhetorical studies;” Presenter: “Language and sexuality research: The power of “I” in autoethnographic narratives”
  2. April: 1st Annual Symposium on Gender and Sexuality, IUP: Gay at school, straight at home: An introduction to language and sexuality studies
  3. March: TESOL: Navigating the complexities and rich moments as (N)NES Researchers (with Park, G., Seloni, L., Liu, E., Zhang, Q., & Messekher, H)
  4. March: TESOL: Perspectives and Directions in Identity Research for Classroom Teachers (with Park, G., Seloni, L., Oda, T., Zacharias-Lim, H., Baek,S., & Bang, J.)

2009

  1. December: American Anthropological Association: Gay in English, not in Japanese: Autoethnographies of language and sexuality in Japan (accepted)
  2. November: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality: Negotiating masculinity and male sexuality: Examining the relationships between social context and sexual literacies (panel presentation with Robert Heasley, PhD & Phillip Schnarrs)
  3. September: 1st Annual Teacher-Scholar Symposium, IUP: Learner, Teacher, Foreigner, Queer: Examining identity competition and conflict
  4. August: American Sociological Association: Learner, Teacher, Foreigner, Queer: Examining identity competition and conflict
  5. April: 17th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities (AMSA): “He Sounds Like a Fag!” Constructions of Masculinity in Queer Linguistic Research
  6. March: College English Association (CEA): Monomythic Design: Self-analysis as an Approach to Understanding Literature
  7. March: Conference of College Composition and Communication: Disturbing Writing (co-presenter with Susan Kanter, PhD; Tina Perdue, PhD; & Helen Sitler, PhD)
  8. February: Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, American University: Gay in English, Not in Japanese
  9. January: IUP English Department Colloquium: Disturbing Writing (co-presenter with Susan Kanter, PhD; Tina Perdue, PhD; & Helen Sitler, PhD)

2008

  1. November: IUP English Department Colloquium: Identity research in language and education: Perspectives and directions (co-presenter with Sharon Deckert, PhD; Gloria Park, PhD; & Lisya Seloni, PhD)
  2. October: Celebrating Literacies Conference (IUP Department of English): Discovering the Hero Within
  3. June: Nara chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  4. June: Wakayama chapter of JALT: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom: An Introduction to Blogging
  5. June: JALT Osaka Chapter Technology in the Classroom Mini-Conference: Using Joomla to create e-learning environments in the language classroom
  6. June: Chiba chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  7. June: Gunma chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  8. June: Crossing Boundaries: An inter-disciplinary approach to learner autonomy, JALT LD sig: Discovering Voice, Expressing Identity
  9. June: JALT/JACET Joint Conference, 2008: Language teaching and the transmission of ideas about sexuality
  10. June: American Society of Perfumers, Invited Symposium panelist
  11. April: Sniffapalooza, NYC, Invited Speaker: Language and Olfaction
  12. April: 16th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities (AMSA): Constructions of Masculinity in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  13. March: American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL): The Closet in the Classroom: The positioning of queer identities in TESOL materials and practices
  14. January: Edgewise Magazine, Invited Speaker: Understanding Blogging, Voice, and Audience
  15. January: IUP English Department Colloquium: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom: An Introduction to Blogging

2007

  1. November: IUP, EGO: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging
  2. October: Celebrating Literacies Conference (IUP Department of English): Romeo and Juliet Live: Performance-based instruction in the high school English classroom. (co-presenter with Susan Kanter, PhD)
  3. October: English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU): “And the winner is…”: Performance as Project-Based Learning in the Language Classroom, a How-to Guide
  4. October: Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada: Linguistic Research and Gay Speech: Performance and perception (by invitation)
  5. September: Three Rivers TESOL Conference: The Positioning of Sexual Identities in the TESOL Classroom
  6. September: Three Rivers TESOL Conference: The Performance of Second-Language Identities: A panel discussion
  7. April: Nara chapter of JALT: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging
  8. March: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival, New York City: Fragrance and Identity
  9. February: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival, Los Angeles: Fragrance and Identity

2006

  1. November: IUP, EGO: Using blogs in the EFL/ESL classroom
  2. October: Three Rivers TESOL 2006 Conference: Brainstorming Blogging: Using blogs in language and writing courses
  3. October: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival: The Power of Criticism in Emerging Internet Communities

2005

  1. October: JALT National Conference: Using Impressionist Images to Practice Self-Expression
  2. October: JALT National Conference: Learner Development Forum: Sharing our stories of creativity (Facilitator)
  3. August: EuroCALL Conference: Keypal Projects in the Japanese EFL Classroom: How keypal friendship affects learner development (represented by Kathi Kitao, PhD)
  4. July: JALT Learner Development Mini-Conference: Emphasizing Student Autonomy through Collaborative Test Creation
  5. June: JALT Osaka Chapter Technology in the Classroom Mini-Conference: Using SurveyMonkey.com to create On-line Questionnaires
  6. June: JALT CALL National Conference: Keypal projects in the English Classroom: What students really think
  7. May: JALT Nara Chapter: Counseling Skills Every Teacher Should Know

2004

  1. November: JALT National Conference: Curriculum: What do teachers do and what do students think of it? (co-presenter with Lynne Douglas & Chie Tsurii)
  2. October: JALT Learner Development Mini-Conference: Keypal Projects in English Classes: Interpersonal and pedagogical aspects
  3. August: EuroCALL Conference: Keypal Projects in English Classes: Interpersonal and pedagogical aspects (represented by Kathi Kitao, PhD)
  4. January: Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Sciences: Guest Speaker, Similarities between Japanese and American Modes of Communication

2003

  1. October: JALT LD/CUE Learner Autonomy Conference: Self-evaluation as Motivation for Active Participation (co-presenter with Denise Haugh, Ellen Head & Bob Sanderson)
  2. February: Ibaraki International Learning Association: Guest Speaker

HONORARIUM

2016

  • March: University of Tampa: Guest Lecturer in Department of Speech and Dance

2015

  1. December: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for IELTS materials
  2. May: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for IELTS materials
  3. March: University of Tampa: Guest Lecturer in Department of Speech and Dance

2014

  1. October: Teaching Methods for Adult & Diverse Populations (University of Tampa): Guest instructor
  2. June: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEFL materials
  3. March: Teaching Methods for Adult & Diverse Populations (University of Tampa): Guest instructor

2013

  • June: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEFL materials
  • May: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEFL materials
  • March: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEIC materials

2012

  • December: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEIC materials
  • November: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEFL materials
  • October: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for IELTS materials
  • September: Barron’s Educational Publishing: Reviewer for TOEIC materials

2011

  • November: Invited Guest Lecture, University of Jyväskylä: “Language and Sexuality in Japan: An introduction to Linguistic Relativity”
  • November: Osaka Chapter of JALT: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Agency and Investment in Multilingual University Writers”
  • November: Osaka Chapter of JALT: “The Post-Japan, Doctoral Experience in TESOL: Pursuing Language and Sexuality Research”
  • November: Nara Chapter of JALT: “Innovation in writing: examining dialogues between instructors of English writing and Japanese learners of English”
  • October: University of Helsinki: “Bridging Passion and Profession: Supporting Investment and Agency in Multilingual Writers”

2008

  • July: Pearson Education: Invited reviewer of new publications
  • June: ESL Magazine: Published manuscript
  • June: Wakayama chapter of JALT: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom: An Introduction to Blogging
  • June: Nara chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  • June: Chiba chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  • June: Gunma chapter of JALT: Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”
  • June: Crossing Boundaries: An inter-disciplinary approach to learner autonomy, JALT LD sig: Discovering Voice, Expressing Identity

2007

  • October: Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada: Linguistic Research and Gay Speech: Performance and perception (by invitation)
  • April: Nara chapter of JALT: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging

2005

  • May: Nara chapter of JALT: Counseling Skills Every Teacher Should Know

2004

  • January: Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Sciences: Guest Speaker, Similarities between Japanese and American Modes of Communication

2003

  • February: Ibaraki International Learning Association: Guest Speaker

PUBLICATIONS IN PRINT

Articles In Progress:

  1. Paquin, M. & Harrison, M. (in progress). Resisting definition: The transitional space of dual-credit college composition. English Journal.
  2. Funderberg, L. & Harrison, M. (in progress). Teaching Shakespeare to ELL High School Learners: Multimodal Approaches. Teaching English.
  1. Li, S., Fogaça, J. & Harrison, M. (in progress). Storytelling as reflective practice: Rethinking author-evacuated writing in Sports Psychology field notes. Journal TBA.

Peer-reviewed Articles & Chapters:

  1. Ronkainen, N.J., Harrison, M., Shuman, A. & Ryba, T.V. (2016). “China, why not?”: Serious leisure and transmigrant runners’ stories from Beijing. Leisure Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02614367.2016.1141977.
  2. Ronkainen, N., Harrison, M., & Ryba, T. (2013). Running, being and Beijing – An existential, autoethnographic exploration of a runner identity. Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  3. Harrison, M. et al. (2013). Bridging passion & profession: Supporting agency and investment in multilingual university writers. Language Learning in Higher Education.
  4. Harrison, M. (2012). Critical approaches to teaching composition: Mindfulness and the power of “no”. Writing on the Edge, 22(2), 36-46.
  5. Harrison, M. (2010). The scented word: Context, intrigue and the problem of olfactory literacy. Household and Personal Care, Supplement. January,(1), 6-10.
  6. Messekher, H., Reilly, J. & Harrison, M. (2010). Humanizing pedagogy in action: Observations of an English composition classroom. In G. Park (Ed.), Observation of teaching: Bridging theory and practice through research and teaching (pp.109-122). USA: LINCOM.
  7. Harrison, M. (2006). Taking the teacher out of the test: Exploring student automomy in EFL classroom testing. In M. Koyama & E. Skier (Eds.) More autonomy you ask (MAYA) . (pp. 137-146). Tokyo: JALT LD.
  8. Harrison, M. (2006). Using impressionist images to practice self-expression. In K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.) JALT2005 conference proceedings. (pp. 694-700). Tokyo: JALT.
  9. Decker, W., Harrison, M., & Romney, C. (2006). Multi-purpose “Student Sheets” for rapport-building, teaching classroom English, and record-keeping. The Language Teacher 30(2), 50-51.
  10. Harrison, M. (2006). Developing keypal projects in the Japanese university classroom. National University of Singapore: Reflections on English Language Teaching, 5(1), 141-148.
  11. Harrison, M., Kitao, K. (2005). Keypal friendships and their influences on ESL learner development. In Nozawa, K. & Levy, M. (Eds). CALL-EJ 7(1).
  12. Carroll, M., Harrison, M., Douglas, L. & Tsurii, C. (2005). ESL Curriculum: What do teachers do and what do students think of it? In K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.) JALT2004 conference proceedings. (pp. 262-298). Tokyo: JALT.

PhD Dissertation:

  1. Harrison, M. (2011). Discovering voices, discovering selves: Auto-ethnographic examinations of the relationships between Japanese queer sexualities and English and language and culture. Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Books:

  1. Harrison, M. (in progress). “I’m only gay in English”: A non-fiction novel about language and sexuality in modern Japan. Press TBA.
  2. Harrison, M. (Ed.) (in progress). Autoethnography in higher education: Theories and practices. Press TBA.
  3. Harrison, M. & Schnarrs, P.(Eds.). (2011). Growing our field: Emerging perspectives on masculinities and men’s lives. The 18th annual American Men’s Studies Association conference proceedings. USA: Men’s Studies Press.
  4. Harrison, M. & Schnarrs, P.(Eds.). (2010). Beyond borders: Masculinities and margins. The 17th annual American Men’s Studies Association conference proceedings. USA: Men’s Studies Press.
  5. Carroll, M., Douglas , L., Harrison , M. & Head, E. (2003, 2004). English here and now. St. Andrews (Momoyama Gakuin) University Press: Japan.

Other Academic Publications:

  1. Harrison, M. (2014). Book Review: Critical ELT in action: Foundations, promises, praxis. JALT Journal.
  2. Schnarrs, P. & Harrison, M. (2011). Introduction: Growing our field, a look back on thirty-five years of inquiry into men’s lives. In M. Harrison & P. Schnarrs (Eds.) Growing our field: Emerging perspectives on masculinities and men’s lives. The 18th annual American Men’s Studies Association conference proceedings. USA: Men’s Studies Press.
  3. Harrison, M. (2010). Introduction: A definition in terms. In M. Harrison & P. Schnarrs (Eds.) Beyond borders: Masculinities and margins. The 17th annual American Men’s Studies Association conference proceedings (pp.7-13). USA: Men’s Studies Press.
  4. Harrison, M. (2008). The closet in the classroom: A personal narrative. ESL Magazine, Summer 2008, 43-45.
  5. Harrison, M. & Lingle-Martin, M. J. (2008). Epilogue: Which comes first? Performance or literacy? The proceedings of the annual conference for the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), 2007. PA: EAPSU.
  6. Harrison, M. & Lingle-Martin, M. J. (Eds.). (2008). The proceedings of the annual conference for the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), 2007. PA: EAPSU.
  7. Harrison, M. & Abass, F. (2008). Discovering voices, discovering selves: A dissertation about language and sexuality in Japan. GALE Newsletter, Spring 2008.
  8. Harrison, M. (2006). Keypal projects in English language classes: What do students really think? In T. Gutierrez (Ed.), Glocalization through CALL: Bringing people together (The proceedings of JALTCALL 2005 ) (pp. 94-99). Nagoya: The JALT CALL SIG.
  9. Harrison, M., Carpenter, C., et al. (2006). Learner development forum: Sharing our stories of creativity. In K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.) JALT2005 conference proceedings. (pp. 252-263).Tokyo: JALT.
  10. Harrison, M. (2006). Book review: This is culture. The Language Teacher 30(5), 42.
  11. Harrison, M. (2006). Book review: A dynamic approach to everyday idioms. The Language Teacher 30(1), 33.
  12. Harrison, M. & Matheny, W. (2006). An E-mail dialogue with Marlen Harrison: Counseling skills every teacher should know. The School House 13(3), 15-23.
  13. Evans Nachi, H.E., Stephenson, J., et al. (2005). Learner development forum: Empowering learners for class and beyond. In K. Bradford-Watts, C. Ikeguchi, & M. Swanson (Eds.) JALT2004 conference proceedings. (pp. 372-386). Tokyo: JALT.
  14. Harrison, M., Head, E., Haugh, D., & Sanderson, R. (2005). Self-evaluation as motivation for active participation. In McCasland, P. & Robertson, M. (Eds.) Learner development context, curricula, content: Proceedings of the Kobe Conference 2003. (pp. 107-121). College and University Educators and Learner Development SIGs of JALT.
  15. Harrison, M. (2005). The impressionists: Monet, Renoir and Tomoko too! On CUE, 13(2), 47-49.
  16. Harrison, M., Vye, S., Caspino, B., Fellner, T. & Carpenter, C. (2005). Inspiration and therapy: The power of a mini-conference. Learning Learning12(2), 3-11. http://ld-sig.org/LL/LL2005b.pdf
  17. Apple, M., Harrison, M., Haugh, D., Evans Nachi, H., Stephenson, J., Wakui, Y. (2005) A day celebrating learner development: Poster session reflections. Learning Learning 12 (1), 13-21.http://ld-sig.org/LL/Cover2005a.pdf
  18. Carroll, M., Douglas , L., Harrison , M., Tsurii, C. (2004). Curriculum change: Working with teacher’s professional knowledge rather than against it. St. Andrew’s University Bulletin of the Research Institute 30(1), 69-87.

Arts & Fragrance Journalism; Online Columns:

  1. 2013: MensJournal.com
  2. 2012: Olivia Magazine (Finland)
  3. 2011: Anna Magazine (Finland)
  4. 2011-Present: ThePerfumeCritic.com
  5. 2009-2011: Fragrantica.com
  6. 2006-2010: PerfumeCritic.com
  7. 2005-2006:Basenotes.net
  8. 2005-2006: NST.com
  9. 1998-1999: The Washington Blade

THESIS SUPERVISION/ADVISING

2015 – Present, MA THESIS DIRECTOR

  • SNHU, LIT 690 Capstone Thesis course instructor
  • Regularly directing 6-14 theses each term (consecutive ten week terms) in topics including classroom pedagogy of composition, TESOL, literacy, reading, curricular design, literature instruction, literary analysis, autoethnography, theory & criticism, assessment, etc.

2012  PhD THESIS/DISSERTATION CONSULTANT

VOLUNTEER/LEADERSHIP SERVICES

  • Taste TV, Artisan Fragrance Festival, Judge: 2014, 2015
  • Theater Tampa Bay, Judge, 2013 – 2014 season
  • Board of Directors: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2013
  • Faculty Advisor: Sigma Tau Delta, Int’l English Honor Society, 2013
  • Session Chair, 19th Annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics, 2012
  • Session Chair, 18th Annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics, 2011
  • Steering Committee, JYU Language Campus, 2011 – 2012
  • Planning Committee, New Dynamics of Language Learning Conference, JYU, 2010 – 2011
  • Editorial Board/Reviewer, Journal of Men’s Studies, 2010 –
  • Conference Chair, Symposium on Gender and Sexuality, IUP, 2010
  • Session Chair, 17th Annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics, 2010
  • Board Member, American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA), 2009 – 2011
  • Coordinator, Sex and Sexuality Affinity Group (AMSA), 2009 – 2010
  • Volunteer, College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) Queer Caucus, 2009
  • Volunteer, Committee to establish an LGBTQ Studies Minor (IUP), 2009 – 2010
  • Volunteer, Committee to establish an LGBTQ Resource Center (IUP), 2009 – 2010
  • Reading Committee, Manuscripts for the ILA 2007 Japan Conference Proceedings, 2008
  • Planning Committee, 2009 Teacher Scholar Symposium (IUP), 2008-2009
  • Facilitator, Teaching Circle (IUP): Archetypes across the curriculum, 2008-2009
  • Consultant, Edgewise Magazine (blogging and communities of practice), 2008
  • Board Member, GLBT Faculty Commission, IUP, 2007 – 2010
  • Co-Editor, EAPSU 2007 Conference Proceedings, 2007
  • Reading Committee, EAPSU 2007 Conference Proceedings, 2007
  • Secretary, EAPSU, 2007-2008
  • Website Designer/Webmaster, English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU.org), 2007 – 2009
  • Reading Committee, Manuscripts for World of Writers, undergraduate English publication, IUP, 2007
  • Website Designer/Webmaster, IUP Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL (Composition-TESOL.info ), 2007 – 2010
  • Volunteer, Three Rivers TESOL, 2007
  • Volunteer, English Graduate Organization (EGO), IUP, 2006-2007
  • Technology Coordinator, Three Rivers TESOL Annual Conference, 2007
  • Editor, IUP Composition & TESOL Newsletter, 2006 – 2009
  • Workshop Coordinator, English Graduate Organization, IUP, 2006 – 2007
  • Editor, LD-Wired Newsletter (JALT Learner Development Special Interest Group), 2006
  • Proofreader, Learning Learning (JALT Learner Development Special Interest Group), 2005
  • Reading Committee, Manuscripts for Proceedings, JALT National Conference Proceedings, 2006
  • Reading Committee, Manuscripts for Glocalization, T. Guttierez (Ed). Tokyo: Japan. 2006
  • Forum Facilitator, Learner Development Forum: Sharing our stories, at the JALT National Conference, Shizuoka, Japan, 2005
  • *Conference Coordinator & Facilitator, LD/Osaka 2nd Annual Mini-Conference, July 17th, 2005 (*Recipient of 2006 Best of JALT award)
  • Reading Committee, Presentation proposals, JALT National Conference, 2005
  • Reading Committee, Manuscripts for Proceedings, JALT National Conference Proceedings, 2005
  • Co-Coordinator (Learner Development sig), Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), 2003-2006
  • Treasurer (Osaka Chapter) Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), 2004-2006
  • Volunteer, Washington Council of Lawyers, 2000
  • Volunteer Counselor, Gay Men’s Counseling Collective of Metropolitan DC, 1996

SKILLS

  • Intermediate Proficiency: Japanese (speaking, listening), French (reading, listening), Spanish (reading, speaking, listening), Finnish (rudimentary)
  • Basic Proficiency: Japanese (reading, writing); French (writing, speaking); Spanish (writing); Italian (listening, reading), Finnish (speaking, listening, reading)
  • Piano and Music Instructor
  • Internet/Computer Technology: WordPress, Blogger, Web Design & HTML, Joomla, Microsoft Front Page, Microsoft Office, Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, SurveyMonkey
  • Painting (Acrylic Medium)
  • Composer, Pianist, and Vocalist

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UNIVERSITY COURSES TAUGHT

Japan (2002-2006):

  • Oral Communication (English)
  • Speaking & Listening (English)
  • Advanced Writing Seminar (English)
  • English Writing for English Majors
  • English Reading for English Majors
  • Introduction to English for Non-English Majors for Freshman (IB & IIB); for Sophomores (IIIB & IVB); for students who failed one of the above courses (R)
  • Introduction to English-Speaking Cultures
  • English Workshop (Self-designed, project-based learning curricula included “We Will Rock You – The Grammy Awards”; “And the Oscar Goes To – The Academy Awards”)
  • English Topics (Self-designed curricula included Interviewing Skills; Introduction to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet)
  • English Studies for 2nd year English Majors
  • English for Study Abroad Purposes
  • Small Group Communication (English)

Invited Guest Instructor (Japan):

  • Fall, 2011: TOEFL and English Communication for Study Abroad (Saitama University)

USA (2006-2010; 2012-Present):

  • English 100 – Basic Writing
  • English 101 – Freshman Composition
  • English 121 – Humanities Literature
  • English 102/202 – Research Writing
  • English 110/111 – Freshman Composition for ESL Students
  • English 101 – Freshman Composition for ESL Students (Graduate Assistant)
  • English 202 – Research Writing for ESL Students (Graduate Assistant)
  • Counseling 253 (graduate) – Counseling Interviewing Skills (Graduate Assistant)
  • English 555 (graduate) – Composition Theory & Pedgaogy
  • Literature 690 (graduate) – MA Thesis/Capstone in English
  • Education 532 (graduate) Education & Diversity
  • Education 552 (graduate) Educational Leadership
  • Education 590 (graduate) Learning & Assessment
  • English 690 (graduate) – MA Thesis Capstone
  • English 555 (graduate) – Theory and Teaching of Writing

Invited Guest Instructor (USA):

  • Spring, 2016: Speech 300
  • Spring, 2015: Speech 300
  • Spring, 2014: Speech 300
  • Fall, 2013: Dance 312
  • Spring, 2013: Japanese II
  • Spring, 2013: Speech 300: Dynamics of Storytelling: Voice, Script, and Movement
  • Fall, 2012: Dance 312 Teaching Methods for Adults and Diverse Populations (Dept of Dance)
  • Summer, 2010: English 805 (graduate) – Language and Social Context
  • Spring, 2010: Liberal Studies 499 – Sociology of Queer Sexuality
  • Fall, 2009: English 805 (graduate) – Language and Social Context
  • Summer, 2009: English 865 (graduate) – Topics in English Literature as Genre
  • Summer, 2009: English 815 (graduate) – Qualitative Research Methods
  • Summer, 2009: English 805 (graduate) – Language and Social Context
  • Summer, 2009: Liberal Studies 499 – Men and Masculinities
  • Spring, 2009: English 694 (graduate) – Observation of English Language Teaching
  • Fall, 2008: English 336 – Language, Gender and Society
  • Fall, 2008: English 808 (graduate) – Technology & Literacy
  • Spring, 2008: English 730/830 (graduate) – Teaching Writing

Finland (2010-2012):

  • Combined Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, Communication, & Research for Philosophy Students (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Combined Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, Communication, & Research for Psychology students (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Combined Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, Communication, & Research for Political science Students (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Critical Information Management/Professional Writing for Masters students in Mobile Technology and Business (graduate)
  • Integrated Research Communication/Professional Writing for Masters students in Gerontology & Sports Psychology (graduate)
  • English Academic Skills for International Studies (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Project and Conference Planning Skills (graduate and undergraduate), including designing conference website, abstracts, planning committees, etc: CLICK ME to view students’ work.
  • English Pedagogical Skills; Experience and Training in an English-Speaking Research Classroom (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Academic Communication Skills for Sport and Health Sciences (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Writing Module for Faculty and Doctoral Students: Conference Posters
  • Writing Module for Faculty and Doctoral Students: Auto-ethnography, Writing About Self
  • Writing Module for Faculty and Doctoral Students: Research Writing Consultation
  • Combined Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, Communication, & Research for Social Work Students (graduate and undergraduate)

Invited Guest Instructor (Finland):

  • Spring, 2013: (graduate and undergraduate) Fundamentals in Multilingual and Intercultural communication (JYU)
  • Spring, 2012: Japanese II (JYU)
  • Spring, 2012: (graduate) Dept of History & Ethnology: “Authors’ Studio” course on academic writing in international journals (JYU)
  • Fall, 2011: (graduate and undergraduate) Fundamentals in Multilingual and Intercultural communication (JYU)
  • Fall, 2010: (graduate and undergraduate) Communication in a Multicultural Workplace (JYU)

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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 varied technologies, my classrooms are transformed into authentic learning/discourse communities where students regularly interact, know each other’s names, and all student work may be viewed and commented on by other members of that community. Such participation lays the groundwork for digital literacy and application of these skills later in their careers. Thus, by taking a problem-based, social-constructivist approach to learning and content-integrated approach to teaching I encourage students to work on projects that are meaningful to them; I believe they engage more deeply when learning is connected to their various identities and as such I might be considered a critical expressivist. I see it as my responsibility to help learners build bridges between their self-described passions and talents and their chosen disciplines and intended professions thereby fostering student investment and agency.

My pedagogy involves clear scaffolding through the provision of models, samples, regular supportive communication, and mentors. I like to provide concrete examples of learning expectations; to encourage students to utilize and consider peer-reviewed and other relevant academic scholarship whenever possible; and to regularly offer course assistantships where students who have successfully completed my courses are invited to mentor future students. I also encourage the further development of academic communication skills via supporting publication and presentation of student work.

My overall goal as a teacher is for students to complete their courses with a feeling of success and a positive, open-minded, curious attitude towards further study. If I can effectively remove some of the performance anxiety and instill a sense of pleasure in the processes of learning, then I will feel that I have been successful.

BRIEF BIODATA

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching language, communication, composition, literature, education and social science research writing/methods at universities in Asia, Europe and North America since 1997. Having published numerous articles and chapters on topics ranging from second language teaching to writing classroom pedagogies, he specializes in writing across the curriculum, learner/identity development, and applied writing methods for qualitative research (autoethnography). Dr. Harrison currently works in the online M.Ed. program at Tiffin University as an adjunct graduate instructor and course developer (subject matter expert) and the online M.A. English program for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) COCE as adjunct graduate instructor and faculty supervisor (team lead). Additional experience includes serving as a writing project coordinator and contributor for The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and as an external reviewer for Barron’s Education (TOEIC, TOEFL & IELTS test prep). With a background in mental health counseling and an MA in Education and Human Development/Counseling from The George Washington University, he is an inter-disciplinary instructor-researcher who works at the crossroads of humanities and social sciences to explore how both spoken and written language are shaped by, and help shape, cultures and identities. Outside of academia, Dr. Harrison is the Managing Editor and a regular columnist for Fragrantica.com.
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