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
- "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)
- "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
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.