Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison - founder of Educoaching.info, KingsPalacePerfumery.com, and ThePerfumeCritic.com – has been working in fragrance and academia in Asia, Europe and North America for almost twenty years.
Dr. Harrison’s experience in the global fragrance community, his first love, started in the mid-90’s when he worked as a line representative for companies such as Sylvie de Chantecaille, La Perla, Fendi, Patou, and Tiffany. Dr. Harrison has also worked in stores such as Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. After leaving sales, he established himself as a well-known beauty/fragrance journalist whose work has appeared/been mentioned in The Washington Blade, Forbes.com, MensJournal.com, MensFitness.com and NYTimes.com among others. In addition to developing his own online magazine, ThePerfumeCritic.com, he has also contributed to Fragrantica.com, NowSmellThis, Basenotes, and Anna magazine (Finland) and has been an invited speaker around North America at fragrance festivals and professional symposium alike; he served as a guest panelist for the 2008 American Society of Perfumers conference and has been featured in trade magazines such as Perfumer & Flavorist. He is now studying to become a certified aromatherapist and developing his skills as a perfumer, composing fragrances for both private labels and his own perfumery.
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 including a Best of JALT (Japan, 2006) award and international grants/honoraria from universities in Canada, Japan, Finland, Denmark and Belgium (Erasmus),
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 an academic coach and advisor via Educoaching.info; a perfumer and designer at KingsPalacePerfumery.com; and as a journalist at Fragrantica, Basenotes & ThePerfumeCritic.com.
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