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 – 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 – scholarly articles – travel writing/ culture/ anthropology

“Understanding Communication in Southern Oman,” North Dakota Quarterly – Special Issue on Transnationalism. forthcoming, Fall 2017.

“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.

 

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 – 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.

“Memsahib 101” and “Your Zimbabwe Stories,” 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” at 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

“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.

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

“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.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D.               University of North Dakota – 1996

English Literature, minor in Education

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

Advisor: Dr. Michael Beard

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

Foreign Language and Social Studies Education

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

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, UAE, 1997

Adjunct Faculty          University of Minnesota‑Crookston, 1997

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
  • Volunteer – Perry G. Keithly Middle School and Washington High School; Tacoma, Washington; Fall 1988

 

AFFILIATIONS

Fellow:

  • Royal Geographical Society, 1997 – present

Member:

  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, 2015 – present
  • British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, 2014 – present
  • Middle East Studies Association, 2012 – present
  • American Geographical Society, 2010 – present
  • TESOL Arabia, 2006 – present
  • Modern Language Association, 1997 – present
  • Hakulyt Society, 1997 – present
  • International Lawrence Durrell Society, 1995 – present