Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is currently teaching “Pedagogy and Theory of Writing”, and 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. He also works for The Smithsonian as a project coordinator for the National Museum of the American Indian and regularly pursues academic research in applied writing and cultural studies.
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).
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) has earned him international recognition and invitations to speak at events such as the 2008 Symposium of the American Society of Perfumers. He currently writes for Fragrantica.com and its Spanish language sister site, Fragrantica.es.
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. Dr. Harrison now focuses his time as a writer, researcher and instructor, and is currently working to establish a bilingual university of performing arts in South America.