Kashama Mulamba

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
English
Modern Languages
Ph.D., 1991, Ball State University
M.A., 1987, Ball State University
Post-Graduate Diploma, 1977, Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Diploma, 1974, Universite Nationale du Zaire/Institut Pedagogique National, Kinshasa, Congo
Undergraduate Diploma, 1972, Universite Nationale du Zaire/Institut Pedagogique National, Kinshasa, Congo (Africa)

A professor of English and French, Dr. Mulamba has been teaching at the college level — both in the Congo and in the United States — since 1974. From 2012 to 2016, he served as chair of Olivet's then Department of English and Modern Languages.

Dr. Mulamba is a specialist in applied linguistics; sociolinguistics; pragmatics; and language and culture with emphasis on foreign and second language teaching and learning. He is fluent in English, French, Ciluba and Lingala; nearly fluent in Swahili and Kisonge; and reads and translates Latin.

Dr. Mulamba is an internationally recognized scholar and has been published widely, including:

  • Journals such as the Zaire English Teachers Review and Les Cahiers de l'I.S.P.-Gombe in Congo, his homeland, and Bulletin de Liaison in Gabon. his most recent publications include: 
    • "The Illocutionary Force Indicating Devices in the Performance of the Speech Act of Apology by Learners of English as a Foreign Language", September 2011, Midwest Modern Language (M/MLA) Journal
    • Curriculum project, "The Use of Chinglish in Public Signs in China," published on both the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the United States Department of Education websites. 2011
    • "Social Beliefs for the Realization of the Speech Acts of Apology and Complaint as Defined in Ciluba, French, and English," December 2009, International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Quarterly (Belgium)

He has also received many professional honors, awards and recognition, including:

  • 2012-2013 Fulbright Award in Research/Teaching
  • British Council Scholarship, Moray House College of Education, Scotland
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to complete his graduate program at Ball State University
  • 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to study the history and culture of China
  • Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, Department of English, Ball State University
  • Research grant for "Profile of the Zairean Secondary School Student," Canadian Government, 1974
  • Round-trip Fulbright Travel Grant between the United States and the Congo for "A Cross-linguistic Study of Speech Act Performance by Multilingual Speakers in Zaire," 1988-89
  • Honorary member, Seattle Rotary Club, Seattle, Wash.
  • Chair, M/MLA Applied Linguistics Section, since 2003

Dr. Mulamba and his wife, Madolie, have five grown children. Four of them — Gentille, Paty, Nana and Oeuvre — live in the Illinois-Indiana region. The eldest, Godee, lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo in west central Africa.