CV

Dr. Marielle R. Risse

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor – Dhofar University, Salalah, Oman

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (2010 – 2012) – Dhofar University

 Assistant Professor  – American University of Sharjah, 1997‑1999 (opened 1997)

Visiting Professor  – University of Sharjah, Women’s College, United Arab Emirates, 1997

 

 

PUBLICATIONS – scholarly articles – travel writing/ culture/ anthropology

“Understanding Communication in Southern Oman,” North Dakota Quarterly (Special Issue on Transnationalism) 84.1 (2017): 174-184.

“Generosity, Gift-giving and Gift-avoiding in Southern Oman,” Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (Oxford: Archeopress) 45 (2015): 289-296. Available on-line at http://archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/displayProductDetail.asp?id={EE6A77A7-C282-4872-A17D-070CAEF2FDDF}

Verstehen/ Einfühlen in Arabian Sands (1959): Wilfred Thesiger as Traveler and Anthropologist,”  Journeys: The International Journal of Travel & Travel Writing, 14.1 (2013): 23-39.

“Understanding the Impact of Culture on the TESOL Classroom: An Outsider’s Perspective,” TESOL Arabia’s Perspective 18.2 (2011): 15-19.

“Cultural Refraction: Using Travel Writing, Anthropology and Fiction to Understand the Culture of Southern Arabia,” Interdisciplinary Humanities 26:1 (2009): 63-78.

Review of Improbable Journeys, Robin Magowan. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2002. North Dakota Quarterly 70 (2003): 156-159.

Review of Crossing Borders: An American Woman in the Middle East, Judith Caesar. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1997. North Dakota Quarterly 66 (1999): 145-146.

PUBLICATIONS – scholarly articles – literature/ pedagogy

and Miriam Al Sabbah. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Novel: Austen for ESL Students,” Proceedings of the 16th Oman International ELT Conference. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2017: 28-35.

“Writing Prompts to Facilitate Creativity and Interesting Texts,” Proceedings of the 15th Oman  International ELT Conferences. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2016: 46-52.

“Frosty Cliffs, Frosty Aunt and Sandy Beaches: Teaching Aurora Leigh in Oman,” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 43.4 (2013): 123-145. (indexed in SCOPUS)

“Who Are You Calling ‘Coddled’?:  ‘Cloistered Virtue’ and Choosing Literary Texts in a Middle Eastern University,” Pedagogy, 14 (2013): 415-427.

“Using Local Voices in Literature Classrooms,” Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives 9.1 (2012). http://lthe.zu.ac.ae/index.php/lthehome/article/view/71

“John Clare Looks Good in a Dishdash: Linking John Clare to Middle Eastern Poetry,” John Clare Society Journal 30 (2011): 53-63. (revision of paper presented at MLA conference in January 2011).

PUBLICATIONS – chapters in books

“Selecting the Right Literary Texts for Middle Eastern Students: Challenges and Reactions,” in Focusing on EFL Reading: Theory and Practice. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi, ed. Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2014: 165-188.

“Do You know a Creon?: Making Literature Relevant in an Omani University,” in Literature Teaching in EFL/ESL: New Perspectives. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi, ed. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2012: 302-314.

“Reader’s Guide” for the English version of Khadija bint Alawi al-Thahab’s My Grandmother’s Stories: Folk Tales from Dhofar  (Translated by W. Scott Chahanovich, U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Dhofar University, 2009-2010). Washington, D.C:  Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, 2012: 17-23.

“White Knee Socks vs. Photojournalist Vests: Distinguishing between Travelers and Tourists.” Travel Culture. Carol Williams, ed. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997: 40-50.

“One of the Critters is Missing: The Disappearance of Nancy Durrell from My Family and Other Animals.” Selected Papers Presented to the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota: 1989‑1993. Harold Smith and Gaby Divay, ed. Fargo, ND: NDSU Press, 1996.

PUBLICATIONS – non-fiction essays

“Research in Foreign Cultures,” Emanations: Foray into Forever. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2014: 355-358.

“Learning Arabic without Arabic Culture,” Center for International Living, 2014. http://omancenter.org/new_student_info_forms.html

“Throwing Children in the Street: Explaining Western Culture to Omanis,” Emanations: Third Eye. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2013: 265-274.

Your Zimbabwe Stories” and “Memsahib 101”“In Emanations: Sidestepping Academic Dicta into the Higher Ecstatic Ethos. Carter Kaplan, ed. Brookline, MA: International Authors, 2012: 305-312.

“To Learn Arabic, You Have to Talk the Talk,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 31, 2012. http://chronicle.com/article/To-Learn-Arabic-You-Have-to/132057

“Bringing Theory Home in Oman,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 10, 2011: B24. http://chronicle.com/article/Bringing-Theory-Home-in-Oman/128139/

“In the House of the Infidel or Perfume: The Great Healer,” Button 16 (2011): 6-9.

“For Middle East expats, a fake-holly, not-so-jolly Christmas,” The Washington Post, December 23, 2009: C3.

“An Open Letter to Alice Walker,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. February 20, 2009: B11. http://chronicle.texterity.com/chronicle/20090220b/?pg=11#pg11

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS – travel writing/ culture/ anthropology

“Recent Views on Oman,” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, July 5-6, 2017.

“Female, Femininity, Male and Masculinity in the Gibali-speaking Tribes of Southern Oman,” The Gulf Research Conference, Cambridge University, August 1-4, 2017.

“‘Words Mean Nothing’: Fluency in Language and Fluency in Culture in Anthropology Fieldwork in Southern Oman,” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wales, July 14-15, 2016.

“’Why Would I Hurt a Woman?’: Respectful/ Respecting Women in Southern Oman.” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, Denver, November 21, 2015.

“Generosity, Gift-giving and Gift-avoiding in Southern Oman,” British Foundation for the Study of Arabia’s Seminar for Arabian Studies, The British Museum, London, July 27, 2014.

“‘I Do Not Need the Night’: The Gibali Conception of Self-Respect in Southern Oman,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, October 12, 2013.

“‘Ya Mabel’ and the Duchess: A Victorian but Modern, Female Traveler and a Modern but Victorian, Female Traveler in Southern Oman,” ‘Navigating Networks: Women, Travel, and Female Communities,’ An Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by the Travel Cultures Seminar Series, University of Oxford, October 4, 2013.

“They Came, They Saw, They Fought, They Compromised, They Left:  The Foreign Military Presence in the Dhofar War (Oman, 1965-1975),” Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference; Edinburgh. July 3, 2012.

“Understanding Culture as one Key to Quality,” Omani Quality Network Conference; Muscat, Oman. February 21, 2012.

“Waiting for [both] the Barbarians”: Tourism in the Dhofar Region of Oman,” Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Amman, Jordan. April 6, 2009. Paper presented by Dr. Sheena Westwood, College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.

“‘Treachery in the Kitchen’: Traveling Foreign, Eating Familiar,” College English Association Annual Conference; St. Louis, MO. March 28, 2008. Co-authored with Dr. Traci Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Where are the cute tap-dancing Penguins?: Illustrations in Arctic/ Antarctic Travel Books,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference; Chicago. December 28, 2007.

“Dragon‑spotting: Travelers Making Myths and Myths Making Travelers,” British Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference; University of Lancaster. July, 1998.

“Flying Banknotes and Shuttlecocks: Ford Maddox Ford’s Post‑modern Travels,” Conrad Society Annual Conference. London. July, 1998.

“Misplacing the Map: Post World War II Travelers Lost and Found” Snapshots from Abroad: A Conference on American and British Travel Writers and Writing; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1997.

“White Knee Socks vs. Photojournalist Vests: Distinguishing between Travelers and Tourists,” Popular Culture Association Conference; San Antonio, 1997.

“Seat in a Saddle, Nose in a Book: What Travelers Read,” Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota; Winnipeg, 1996.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS – literature/ pedagogy

“‘I Came to You for Good’: An Ethnographic Discussion of Folk Tales from Southern Oman.” Third Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute.  Royal Anthropological Institute, London. October 26, 2017.

“Antigone, Alcestis, Deanira and Philoketes visit the Empty Quarter: The Reception of Greek Drama on the Arabian Peninsula.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, University of Utrecht. July 7-8, 2017.

“Teaching Paired Arabian and Western Literary Texts.” TESOL Arabia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. March 11, 2017.

and Miriam Al Sabbah. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Novel: Austen for ESL Students.” 16th International ELT Conference, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. April 22, 2016.

“‘A Man Was Always Catching Fish’: Fairy Tale Elements in the Ali al-Mahri/ Johnstone/ Rubin Gibali Texts from Southern Oman.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 18, 2016.

“Writing Prompts to Facilitate Creativity and Interesting Texts.” Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Conference; Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. April 24, 2015.

“Analyzing Arabic Teaching to Improve English Teaching.” TESOL Arabia Annual Conference; Dubai. March 14, 2014.

“John Clare Looks Good in a Dishdash: Linking John Clare to Middle Eastern Poetry.” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Chicago. January 7, 2011.

“Camels, Halwa and a Snowy Day: Linking Arab and Western Texts in the Literature Classroom.” Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation Conference; Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. March 11, 2010.

“How Can You Hate the Sun?: Translating Western Conceptions of Nature.” Humanities Education and Research Association, Chicago, Illinois. April 9, 2009.

“Marlowe in Salalah: Making English Poetry Relevant,” TESOL in a Globalized World – 2008 Conference, Sharjah. February 24, 2008.

“What to do After You Have the Right Answer: Introducing Uncertainty while Teaching Literature in the Middle East.” 2007 Conference of the National Association of Humanities Education, San Francisco. February, 2007.

“Acting Your Way to Better Spoken English,” TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai. March, 2007.

with Chris Sugnet. “Do You Have Anything on Cowboys?: Creating a University Library in the Middle East,” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque. February, 2000.

“Athena in the Desert: Using Myths to Teach Writing Skills,” TESOL Arabia Conference; Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. March, 1999.

“The Norton Anthology in Arabia: Teaching Literature in the EFL Classroom,” TESOL Arabia Conference; Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. March, 1998.

“Zu Golde Gehn: John Marston’s The Wonder of Women or The Tragedie of Sophonisba (1606) and von Lohenstein’s Sophonisbe (1666).” MLA Conference; Toronto. 1997.

PRESENTATIONS in Dhofar

“Teaching Dhofari/ Omani Folk Tales,” Center for Teaching and Learning Lecture Series. scheduled for April 2, 2018.

“Overlapping and Conflicting Types of Knowledge in Anthropological Research in Southern Arabia,” a presentation for New York University-Abu Dhabi students, invited by Professor Steve Caton (Harvard University) and Professor Donald Scott. January 14, 2108.

“Having a Positive Attitude,” ASK (Always Seek Knowledge) Program Lecture Series. November 20, 2017.

“Understanding Culture to Improve Teaching,” Center for Teaching and Learning Lecture Series.  November 13, 2017.

Thesis Writing Workshop for Computer Science graduate students, CAAS. November 6, 2017.

“Understanding the Impact of Culture in Classrooms: The Theory of Accommodation,” Center for Teaching and Learning Lecture Series. December 20, 2016.

“Writing English across the Curriculum,” Center for Teaching and Learning Lecture Series. November 30, 2016.

“Using Literature Texts in Beginner and Intermediate Language Classrooms,” Dhofar University National English Language Conference. February 23, 2014.

“Thesiger and the Persistence of Cultural Memory: How Arabian Sands (1959) Can Help Improve Teaching in Oman,” DU Arts and Sciences Lecture Series. April 22, 2012.

“‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Teaching Literature as a Cultural Bridge in Salalah,” DU Arts and Sciences Lecture Series. April 9, 2007.

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D.               University of North Dakota – 1996

English Literature, minor in Education

Dissertation: Abroad Again: Explorations within the Genre of Travel Writing

M.Ed.              University of Maryland, College Park – 1990

Education: Foreign Language and Social Studies

B.A.                 University of Wisconsin, Madison – 1988

German Literature and Political Science

TEACHING EXPERIENCE – College/ University

Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Translation, Dhofar University

Created and taught a variety of classes including:

English/ Literature

  • English 160 – Introduction to Literature
  • English 203/ 204 – Academic English/ Advanced Academic English
  • English 230/ 290  – Prose and Fiction
  • English 250/ 365 – Creative Writing/ Advanced Creative Writing
  • English 260 – Shakespeare
  • English 270 – Situational English
  • English 290 – Poetry
  • English 315 – The Novel
  • English 330/ 415 – Romantic Era Literature,  Victorian Era Literature
  • English 351/ 352/ 354 – British Literature: Medieval, 1730s-1830s, 1830s-1930s
  • English 360 – Writing for the Professions
  • English 375 – Drama
  • English 419 – Language and Politics
  • English 440 – Special Topics in Literature

Education/ Culture

  • English 265 – Culture in the Classroom
  • External Reviewer for the Masters in Education Oral Comprehensive Exam, 2010
  • Intensive summer class, Masters in Education program, 2010
  • EDUC 530: Cross‐Cultural Communication

Instructor                   Community College of Vermont; Montpelier, Vermont, 1999

  • English Composition

Assistant Professor    American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 1997‑1999

Assisted in writing department curriculum; advised students; ordered literature collection for university library; faculty sponsor for student newspaper and literary magazine; created new classes, including:

  • English 110 ‑ British Literature to 1770
  • English 118 ‑ World Literature
  • English 203 – Writing about Literature
  • English 207 ‑ Special Topics in Ancient Literature: Myths
  • Communications 202 – Research Writing
  • Communications 204 – Advanced Essay Writing

Visiting Professor      University of Sharjah, Women’s College, United Arab Emirates, 1997

  •    English as a Foreign Language

Adjunct Faculty        University of Minnesota‑Crookston, 1997

  •      English Composition (in computer‑assisted, interactive television classroom)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE – Elementary, Secondary and Adult Learners

  • Volunteer Instructor – American Red Cross; English as a Second Language, Citizenship and American History; Boston, Massachusetts Bay Chapter; 2003-2005 part-time
  • Artist in Residence – Thief River Falls Community College and Challenger Elementary School; Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Fall 1997
  • Instructor – Graduate Class for Secondary English and Geography Teachers: “Where Do You Want To Go?: Reading, Geography and Maps”; North Dakota Geographic Alliance; Fall 1996
  • Student teacher (as part of M.Ed. program), middle and high schools in Columbia, Maryland: German, Social Studies and World History; Spring 1990
  • Volunteer – Perry G. Keithly Middle School and Washington High School; Tacoma, Washington; Fall 1988

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Community Service

  • Board of Govenors, member – British School Salalah [http://www.britishschoolsalalah.org/index.html]
  • Editoral Board, member – International Authors [http://internationalauthors.info/index.html]

Dhofar University – university committees

  • University Promotion Committee – member, 2014 – 2017
  • Ad-hoc Committee for Review of Faculty Appraisal Policy, 2016
  • Academic Support Services Planning and Management Committee for  Quality Assurance -member, 2014 – 2016
  • Student Feedback Committee for Quality Assurance – member, 2012 – 2013
  • Quality Assurance Board – chair, 2010-2012
  • Textbook Delivery Committee – chair, 2010
  • University Budget Advisory Committee – member, 2010 – 2012
  • University Policy Review Committee – member, 2010 – 2012
  • University Research Board – member, 2005-2012
  • University Graduation Committee – member, 2008 – 2012
  • University Strategic Plan Focus Group-  Academic Excellence – member, 2011
  • University Language and Communications Skills Committee – member, 2011
  • University Students Appeal Committee – member, 2011
  • Committee on Student Coursework and Learning Resources – member, 2008
  • University Council – member, 2007
  • Learning Resources Committee – member, 2005-2006

Dhofar University – College of Arts and Applied Science committees

  • College of Arts and Applied Sciences Advisory Board – member, 2015 – present
  • College of Arts and Sciences Student Affairs Committee – member, 2016 – present
  • College of Arts and Applied Sciences Hiring Committee – member, 2017 – present
  • College of Arts and Applied Sciences Council – member, 2106 – 2018
  • Quality Assurance – Student Feedback Committee – member, 2012 – 2013
  • College Research Committee – member, 2009 – 2012
  • College Equivalence Committee – member, 2007 – 2008