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 member of the National Museum of the American Indian’s Cultural Arts Programming Staff.
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 9 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 has enjoyed writing about literature and aroma for The Washington Blade, Basenotes, Now Smell This, Fragrantica and most recently, MensJournal.com, MensFitness.com, and Finland’s Anna magazine. His self-created, online magazine, PerfumeCritic.com (2006-2010)/ThePerfumeCritic.com (2011-present) earned mentions in both The New York Times and Forbes 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. Dr. Harrison now focuses his time as a writer, academic coach and instructor.
“TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO AND FEEL THAT IT MATTERS, WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN?”
– Fortune Cookie