Kashama Mulamba

College of Arts and Sciences
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
  • "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.