Marlen Elliot Harrison, MA
email: m dot e dot harrison at iup dot edu
- English Composition and TESOL
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana City, Pennsylvania
- Dissertation: Discovering Voices, Discovering Selves: The roles of English language and inter-cultural interactions in Japanese queer sexualities
- Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nancy Hayward
- Graduate Teaching Assistant: English 101, Freshman Composition (ESL); English 202, Research Writing (ESL)
- Board Member of EGO, English Graduate Organization
- Academic Fellowship and Graduate Student Scholarship
- Editor of departmental newsletter
- Developed and facilitated Reflective Practice group for Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL
- Independently designed, developed, and oversaw departmental community website and online forum (Composition-TESOL.info )
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 SCIENCE
- Honors Program in Psychology
- Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
- Completed undergraduate thesis in psychological counseling and field work in adult and adolescent psychiatric programs
- Member of Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society
- Graduated Summa cum Laude
- Academic Scholarship
- Graduate of the University Honors Program and the Honors Program in Psychology
1994 – 1995 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (year abroad)
- Kingston University, Kingston-upon Thames, Surrey, England
- Emphasis of study: Psychology of Freud and Jung; Asian influences on Western psychology.
2007 – Present INSTRUCTOR (Full-time)
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of English
- English 100 (Basic Writing), English 101 (Freshman Composition), English 121 (Humanities Literature), English 202 (Research Writing)
- Developed interdisciplinary, community-based approaches to writing and research using phenomenological inquiry, blogs & internet, and project-based learning.
- Participated in University Reflective Practice programs.
- Member of the University GLBT Faculty Commission
- Independently developed and implemented a website to enhance student learning (MarlenHarrison.com)
2007 – Present LANGUAGE TUTOR (Part-time)
- American Language Institute, IUP
- Individual and small-group English-language instruction with international students studying at IUP.
- Focus on second-language writing, TOEFL preparation, and basic skills instruction for beginners.
2006 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Graduate Teaching Assistant in English 101 and 202 ESL writing courses with international students.
- Introduced use of blogs in the composition classroom.
2002 – 2006 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 INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)
- Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
- Created innovative project-based learning using drama, role-play and video for non-English majors.
- Curricula developed include: Understanding and performing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; Interviewing Skills; Introduction to English-Speaking Cultures; Re-creating the Academy Awards.
2003 – 2004 INSTRUCTOR (Part-time)
- Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto, Japan
- Developed original English language curriculum for Departments of Social Welfare, and English Literature and Language focusing on small group learning.
- Curricula developed include: Collaborative Conversational approach; Gender and Language.
1997 GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
- The George Washington University, Washington, DC
- Facilitated both small and large groups of graduate level (Master of Arts) Counseling students for the Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing Skills course. This course focused on the relationship between client and therapist and taught students how to evaluate and respond to their clients’ needs.
- Independently created and implemented curriculum on multicultural counseling skills.
- Indiana, Pennsylvania
- Developed creative approach to private instruction with advanced-level adolescent student from Spain.
- Tezukayama Girls Junior High School, Osaka, Japan
- English intensive 2-day program in preparation for international travel.
- Osaka International School, Osaka, Japan
- Special Programs Music/English instructor with children ages 4-12.
- Momoyama High School, Osaka, Japan
- Taught self-created multidisciplinary English curriculum including video and internet.
2002 INSTRUCTOR, ASSISTANT TRAINER & PROGRAM COORDINATOR
- The Nova Group, Osaka, Japan
- Assistant Trainer: Supervised a team of six international teachers. Evaluated teachers, created alternative curricula, counseled students and ensured quality education.
- Responsible for increase in student enrollment and increase in participation in special programs.
- Instructor: Taught both pre-planned and original multi-level English language curriculum and TOEIC/ TOEFL preparation to students (ages 3 to 80). Created innovative lessons using music and art to aid self-expression and application of language skills. Created and implemented skills assessment tool for use by instructors to monitor student progress.
- Kids Coordinator: Supervised a team of four international teachers who taught in the Nova Kids program (40 active students ages 3 to 12 enrolled in 10 different classes). Assisted in the training and evaluation of instructors and acted as administrator of the program.
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania Office of Public Relations
2000 – 2002 ASSISTANT CASE COORDINATOR
- The Law Firm of Arnold and Porter, Washington, DC
- 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 PSYCHOTHERAPIST
- The North Baltimore Center, Adult and Group Therapy Services, Baltimore, MD
1996-1997 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
- Co-Editor, EAPSU 2007 Conference Proceedings, 2007
Reading Committee, EAPSU 2007 Conference Proceedings, 2007
Secretary, EAPSU, 2007 –
Website Designer/Webmaster, English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU), 2007 –
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 –
Facilitator, Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL Reflective Practice / Writing Group, 2007 –
Technology Coordinator, Three Rivers TESOL Annual Conference, 2007
Editor, IUP Composition & TESOL Newsletter, 2006 –
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, JALT* Learner Development Special Interest Group, 2004 – 2006
Treasurer, JALT Osaka Chapter, 2003 – 2005
- March: American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL): The Closet in the Classroom: The positioning of queer identities in TESOL materials and practices (accepted)
- January: IUP English Department Colloquium: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging
- November: IUP, EGO: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging
October: Celebrating Literacies Conference (IUP Department of English): Romeo and Juliet Live: Performance-based instruction in the high school English classroom.
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
October: Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada: Linguistic Research and Gay Speech: Performance and perception (by invitation)
September: Three Rivers TESOL Conference: The Positioning of Sexual Identities in the TESOL Classroom
September: Three Rivers TESOL Conference: The Performance of Second-Language Identities: A panel discussion
April: Nara chapter of JALT: Communities of Practice, Internet, & the Language Classroom; An Introduction to Blogging
March: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival, New York City: Fragrance and Identity
- February: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival, Los Angeles: Fragrance and Identity
- November: IUP, EGO: Using blogs in the EFL/ESL classroom
- October: Three Rivers TESOL 2006 Conference: Brainstorming Blogging: Using blogs in language and writing courses
- October: Sniffapalooza Fragrance Festival: The Power of Criticism in Emerging Internet Communities
- October: JALT National Conference: Using Impressionist Images to Practice Self-Expression
- October: JALT National Conference: Learner Development Forum: Sharing our stories of creativity (Facilitator)
- August: EuroCALL Conference: Keypal Projects in the Japanese EFL Classroom: How keypal friendship affects learner development
- July: JALT Learner Development Mini-Conference: Emphasizing Student Autonomy through Collaborative Test Creation
- June: JALT Osaka Chapter Technology in the Classroom Mini-Conference: Using SurveyMonkey.com to create On-line Questionnaires
- June: JALT CALL National Conference: Keypal projects in the English Classroom: What students really think
- May: JALT Nara Chapter: Counseling Skills Every Teacher Should Know
- November: JALT National Conference: Curriculum: What do teachers do and what do students think of it?
- October: JALT Learner Development Mini-Conference: Keypal Projects in English Classes: Interpersonal and pedagogical aspects
- August: EuroCALL Conference: Keypal Projects in English Classes: Interpersonal and pedagogical aspects
- January: Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Sciences: Guest Speaker, Similarities between Japanese and American Modes of Communication
- October: JALT LD/CUE Learner Autonomy Conference: Self-evaluation as Motivation for Active Participation
- February: Ibaraki International Learning Association: Guest Speaker
- Harrison, M. (2006). Monet, Renoir, and Tomoko Too: Activities using Impressionist artwork to aid self-expression. The Language Teacher 30(10), 5-6.
- 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.
- Harrison, M. (2006). Developing Keypal Projects in the Japanese University Classroom. National University of Singapore: Reflections on English Language Teaching 4(2005), 141-148.
- Harrison, M. (2006). Keypal projects in English language classes: What do students really think? In T. Gutierrez (Eds.), Glocalization Through CALL: Bringing People Together (The proceedings of JALTCALL 2005) (pp. 94-99). Nagoya: The JALT CALL SIG.
- Harrison, M., Kitao, K. (2005) Keypal friendships and their influences on learner development. In Nozawa, K. & Levy, M. (Eds). CALL-EJ 7(1). http://www.tell.is.ritsumei.ac.jp/callejonline/journal/7-1/Harrison-Kitao.html
- 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.
- Carroll, M., Douglas, L., Harrison, M., & Tsurii, C. (2005). 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.
- 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.
- 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), 51.
- 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.
- Harrison, M. (2005). The Impressionists: Monet, Renoir and Tomoko too! On CUE, 13(2), 47-49.
- Harrison, M. (2005). Sharing our Stories. Learning Learning 12(2), 14.
- 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.
- Harrison, M. (2005). JALT’s LD SIG: Teachers as learners in Japan. Three Rivers TESOL Newsletter. 2005 (Summer), 3-4.
- 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), 7-20.
- 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.
- 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.
- Carroll, M., Douglas , L., Harrison , M., Head, E. (2003, 2004). English Here and Now. St. Andrews (Momoyama Gakuin) University Press: Japan.
- Harrison, M. (2006). Book Review: This is culture. The Language Teacher 30(5), 42.
- Harrison, M. (2006). Book Review: A dynamic approach to everyday idioms. The Language Teacher 30(1), 33.
Harrison, M. (2006). Taking the Teacher Out of the Test: Minimizing teacher participation in language testing. In M. Koyama & E. Skier (Eds.) More Autonomy You Ask. (pp. 137-146). Japan: JALT LD.
- Fragrance website, 2006 –
- As mentioned in The New York Times, Forbes.com, El Pais, Brigitte, and Perfumer & Flavorist
Monthly Columnist, Interviewer – Basenotes:
- Fragrance website, 2005 – 2007
- As mentioned in Men’s Health and FHM
Writer – NowSmellThis:
- Fragrance website, 2005 – 2006
- As mentioned in The New York Times
Writer – BeautyAddictMag:
- Fragrance website, 2006
Writer – ESL-Lesson-Plan:
- English Language Teaching blog, 2006
Writer, Interviewer – The Washington Blade, Arts Section
- Newspaper, Washington, DC, 1998
- IUP Foundation Academic Fellowship (PhD), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007 -2008
- Travel Grant, 2006, from IUP (PhD) to speak at Nara JALT, Japan
- “BEST OF JALT” Winner, 2006, for the 2005 Learner Development Mini-Conference presentation in Osaka, Japan: Emphasizing Student Autonomy through Collaborative Test Creation
- Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL 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
- Research Grant, St. Andrews (Momoyama Gakuin) University, 2004
- Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling Honor Society, 1996-1997
- Academic Excellence Fellowship (MA), The George Washington University, 1996-1997
- Psi Chi, International Psychology Honor Society, 1993-1995
- Academic Scholarship (BS), Appalachian State University, 1992-1995
- GLBT Faculty Commission, IUP, 2007-
- English Graduate Organization (EGO), IUP, 2006-2007
- Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), 2002-2006
- Washington Council of Lawyers, 2000
- Gay Men’s Counseling Collective of Metropolitan DC – 1996
- Intermediate Proficiency: Japanese (oral), French (reading), Spanish (reading, oral, written)
- 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
- 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)
- English 100 – Basic Writing
- English 101 – Freshman Composition
- English 121 – Humanities Literature
- English 101 – Freshman Composition for ESL Students (Graduate Assistant)
- English 202 – Research Writing for ESL Students (Graduate Assistant)
- English 202 – Research Writing
- Counseling Interviewing Skills (Graduate Assistant)
*JALT – Japan Association for Language Teaching