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Dr. Marlen Elliot 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 pedagogy and language teaching as in social linguistic and qualitative research methods. With 70+ international academic presentations – including TESOL, EuroCALL, JALT, AAAL, ASA, AAA and CCCC – and 30+ international academic publications including 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. The recipient of numerous research and educational grants/fellowships including a Best of JALT (2006) award and international teaching grants from Japan, Denmark and Belgium (Erasmus), Dr. Harrison also regularly chairs a session on queer rhetoric and composition at American University’s (DC) Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference.

Dr. Harrison has recently joined the faculty of English and Writing at University of Tampa as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Harrison’s current focus is in first-year and research writing with multilingual students. Previous courses involved English-language (ESL) research writing at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels as well as ESL pedagogy for faculty as part of the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) program at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Prior to Europe, he taught writing and literature in the English department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA where he also completed his PhD in Composition and TESOL, and spent 4 years teaching English at Japanese universities and the Osaka International School. While in Japan, Marlen served as the co-coordinator for JALT’s Learner Development sig and treasurer for the Osaka JALT chapter. With a background in mental health counseling and public health (Psychiatric Institute of Washington, DC; North Baltimore Center; Johns Hopkins Hospital) and an MA in Education and Human Development/Counseling from The George Washington University, he takes a student-centered, counseling approach to classroom interactions and mentorship believing that a supportive environment, open discussion and regular reflection all strongly support the learning process.

With a number of years of teacher development and training experiences, he regularly mentors instructors and student-instructors in various settings to examine uses of technology in the classroom, classroom pedagogies and the presentation and publication of student scholarship. Interested in Asian and European cultures and languages, semiotics and pop culture, mythology, archetypes, the Campbellian monomyth and world folklore, additional passions include the teaching of world literature, film, human sexuality, English-speaking cultures and dramatic arts.

As a journalist, Dr. Harrison has enjoyed writing about literature and aroma for The Washington Blade, Basenotes, Now Smell This, Fragrantica and most recently, Finland’s Anna magazine and MensJournal.com. 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.  

Dr. Harrison’s current research interests are focused in three main areas – sociolinguistics/TESOL/bi- and multi-lingualism; composition and writing pedagogies; and identity and gender/sexuality studies. A proponent of qualitative research methodologies such as participatory action research, autoethnographic and narrative research, and interested in critical feminist and queer theories, his 2010 dissertation focused on the sociolinguistic intersection of second language identities and queer sexualities in Japan via written narratives in order to examine the significance of both second language learning and what he has termed “linguistically-contextual sexual identity.” As a creative writer, he is currently developing a manuscript based on his experiences in education around the globe – The English Teacher.

 

C.V. HIGHLIGHTS

  • Instructor for over 12 years at international universities in Asia, Europe and North America
  • 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
  • Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) “Best of JALT” winner (2006)
  • 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)
  • Authored chapter in More Autonomy You Ask, an anthology with introduction by Stephen Krashen, and co-authored a chapter in Observation of Teaching: Bridging Theory and Practice through Research and Teaching (co-author)
  • Featured in Forbes.com, MensJournal.com and New York Times 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)
  • TRANSCRIPT
  • PAPERS
  • 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.
  • TRANSCRIPT
  • 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
  • TRANSCRIPT
  • 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

UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

2012 (Fall) – Present, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

  • University of Tampa, Dept of English and Writing, Florida, USA
  • Taught courses in first year writing to multilingual international students
  • Guest instructor in both Applied Dance and Speech courses emphasizing story and archetype for healing and public speaking (respectively)
  • Guest presenter in Japanese I course
  • Co-recipient of University Learning Enrichment grant for development of website and handbook for the first year writing program
  • Oversaw two undergraduate honors research fellowships
  • Developed and taught graduate writing seminars (with L. Suter)
  • Participated in exemption committee for first-year writing courses
  • Co-developed workshop for the University Teaching Guild on assessing and responding to student writing
  • Developed workshop for the University Teaching Guild on mentoring student research
  • Co-developed workshop on using technology in writing classrooms for the Department of English and Writing
  • Designed research (in progress) examining the use of course assistants in ESL writing classes
  • Developed a series of websites (in development) for use by faculty and students, http://utwriting.info

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

  • University of Jyväskylä, Language Centre, Finland
  • Invited by University of Jyväskylä to present teaching philosophy and multilingual writing curriculum to representatives from the Finnish Ministry of Education
  • 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.
  • Co-recipient of university development grant for developing the Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE) faculty training program. http://jyutace.info
  • Recipient of numerous grants from the university and the EU 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

2007 – 2010 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)
  • Participated in Portfolio Evaluation pilot project for English 101 & 202.
  • Regularly took on overload courses.
  • Participated in University Reflective Practice programs.
  • Independently developed and implemented a website to enhance student learning (http://MarlenHarrison.com).
  • 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.
  • Rate My Professors feedback

2007 ESL LANGUAGE TUTOR (Part-time)

  • American Language Institute, IUP, USA

2006 ESL 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 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 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 WRITING & COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)

  • Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

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

  • Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto, Japan

1997 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT IN COMMUNITY COUNSELING (Part-time)

  • The George Washington University, Washington, DC

TEACHER/PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING EXPERIENCE

THESIS/DISSERTATION CONSULTANT

2010 – 2012, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

  • Offered regular internships where students worked in my classrooms as course assistants and regularly met to discuss pedagogical practices.
  • Co-developed faculty training program, Teaching Academic Content through English (TACE)
  • Offered Writing Modules in Research Writing, Conference Poster Planning and Qualitative Auto-ethnographic research to staff and faculty
  • Co-taught course (three 4 hour sessions) in Conference and Project planning to graduate Sports Psychology, Sports Management & Gerontology students.

2007 – 2010 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania

  • Offered regular internships where students worked in my classrooms as course assistants and regularly met to discuss pedagogical practices.
  • Regularly offered workshops (1-2x a semester over 6 semesters or 3 school years) for graduate students and faculty about using technology in the English classroom; researching language, sexuality, and identity; critical approaches to language teaching; and reflecting on writing pedagogy, etc.
  • Independently administered Reflective Practice groups (over 4 semesters, 2 school years) for university faculty and students (met twice a month for 2 hours).

2004 – 2006 Co-coordinator, Learner Development Special Interest Group, JALT, Japan

  • Regularly gave presentations at regional conferences on teacher and student development and autonomy; oversaw programming by recruiting other speakers; assisted in the production of quarterly publication, website and newsletter.

2002 – 2003 The Nova Group, Osaka, Japan

  • Training activities included working with new teachers in the Nova Kids’ Program; Regular small group language teaching; Business English; TOEIC/TOEFL Preparation; English for study abroad purposes.

1997 – 1998 The North Baltimore Center, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Regularly offered in-service trainings on using art in therapy and art for assessment in child and adolescent counseling.

1996 – 1997 The George Washington University, MA program in Counseling, Department of Education and Human Development

  • Course Assistant for Dr. Victoria Shivy, Counseling Interviewing Skills – Training professionals for the therapeutic interview (over 2 semesters); delivered special training (1-2 courses per semester) on counseling with multicultural and sexually diverse clients.

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

2012Present EXTERNAL REVIEWER

  • Barron’s Educational Publishing, USA

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

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

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. Harrison, M. (in progress). “What is I?”: An autoethnography about assigning autoethnography in college writing classes. The Journal of Writing Research.
  2. Harrison, M. (in progress). Book Review: Critical ELT in action: Foundations, promises, praxis. JALT Journal.
  3. Harrison, M. & Oda, T. (in progress). ESL writing innovation in Japan: Instructor and learner dialogues. Journal of Second Language Writing.
  4. Varmavuori, E. & Harrison, M. (in progress). The issue of gay and lesbian parenting: Rhetorical examinations of Finnish university students’ beliefs. Journal of Homosexuality.
  5. Harrison, M. et al. (in progress). The second time around: Bringing successful students back to the English writing classroom as course assistants. Pedagogy.
  6. Harrison, M. (in progress). “I’m only gay in English”: Theorizing ‘linguistically-contextual sexual identity’ in modern Japan. Journal of Language and Sexuality.

Peer-reviewed Articles & Chapters:

  1. Ronkainen, J.P. & Harrison, M. (revised & submitted). Profiling the Finnish war correspondent: Privileges, perspectives and writers’ identities. Journalism Practices.
  2. Ronkainen, N., Harrison, M., & Ryba, T. (in press). Running, being and Beijing – An existential, autoethnographic exploration of a runner identity. Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  3. Harrison, M. et al. (accepted). 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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Harrison, M. (2006). Developing keypal projects in the Japanese university classroom. National University of Singapore: Reflections on English Language Teaching, 5(1), 141-148.
  12. Harrison, M., Kitao, K. (2005). Keypal friendships and their influences on ESL learner development. In Nozawa, K. & Levy, M. (Eds). CALL-EJ 7(1).
  13. 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.
  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.

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 novel about language and queer sexuality in modern Japan. Press TBA.
  2. Harrison, M. (Ed.) (in progress). Autoethnography in higher education: Writing as inquiry. 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Harrison, M. (2008). The closet in the classroom: A personal narrative. ESL Magazine, Summer 2008, 43-45.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Harrison, M. & Abass, F. (2008). Discovering voices, discovering selves: A dissertation about language and sexuality in Japan. GALE Newsletter, Spring 2008.
  7. 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.
  8. Harrison, M. (2006). Book review: This is culture. The Language Teacher 30(5), 42.
  9. Harrison, M. (2006). Book review: A dynamic approach to everyday idioms. The Language Teacher 30(1), 33.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Harrison, M. (2005). The impressionists: Monet, Renoir and Tomoko too! On CUE, 13(2), 47-49.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

VOLUNTEER/LEADERSHIP SERVICES

  • 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, Moodle, SurveyMonkey
  • Painting (Acrylic Medium)
  • Composer, Pianist, and Vocalist

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)

Invited Guest Instructor (USA):

  • 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)

OBSERVATIONS, EVALUATIONS & RECOGNITION

Faculty Course Evaluations
Student Course Evaluations
Recognition

*JALT – Japan Association for Language Teaching


PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

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. I combine my years of experience in the fields of mental health and as an international traveler to create a learning environment that honors the diversity of learner abilities and identities.

I believe in absolute transparency of my classroom and achieve this by maintaining an open-door policy for colleagues, a centralized website for syllabi, and student blog use. The classroom is transformed into both an authentic and online learning community where students regularly interact and know each other’s names and all student work may be viewed and commented on by other members of that community.

By taking a problem-based 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. I therefore see it as my responsibility to help learners build bridges between their passions and talents and their chosen disciplines and intended professions.

One of the current buzzwords in education is undoubtedly scaffolding, the support provided that helps the learner accomplish his or her goals. By breaking down the components of learning into smaller steps and focusing on collaborative discussion and peer feedback, I feel that students can be provided with effective scaffolding. All work is recycled and revisited as students start small and then expand having already laid some of the groundwork through regular homework activities. Instructor conferences, small group activities, peer mentor consultations, revision exercises, and peer discussion, for example, all allow additional support to the evolving learner.

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. Because students need opportunities for self-development, I also 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.


Brief Biodata

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching language, communication, composition, literature 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 and multilingual learner writing pedagogies. Currently teaching for University of Tampa as an Assistant Professor in English and Writing, he has also taught at the Language Centre, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; the English department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA, where he also completed his PhD in Composition and TESOL; and at Doshisha and St Andrews Universities in Japan. 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.
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    totally impressive!!!! Hopefully I can do all this as well :)

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