Dr. Schurman serves as chair of the Department of English. She is passionate about training the next generation of English teachers. She does that from two perspectives: as an experienced high school English teacher and as a higher education teaching professional. She also teaches in the Honors Program and supports students throughout the culminating scholarship project.
Before joining Olivet's faculty, she taught English and writing, as well as speech, mythology and broadcast communications at Manteno High School. She also coached swimming at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.
In 2006, after three years at MHS, she came to Olivet as an adjunct professor. Currently, she teaches college writing, young adult literature, reading process and skills, and English education methods. She also works with student teachers, observing them in their assigned classrooms.
Dr. Schurman is an accomplished writer and speaker with these achievements:
- Second place in the Kneale Award for Pedagogy category in Purdue University's 2012 Annual Literary Awards Contest for "The Role of Service-Learning in Teacher Education: Creating Servant Leaders"
- "Second Reaction: A Classic Young Adult Fantasy Piece," published in First Opinions, Second Reactions (2008)
- "From service-learning to servant leaders: A rationale for service-learning in teacher education programs" appeared in the Illinois English Bulletin, 102(2), 53-82
Her presentations at professional conferences include:
- "Fostering Candidate Advocacy through University-School Collaborative Projects" (2016). Presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference.
- "Shrink the Ratio and Increase Reading: Using University-High School Collaborations to Enhance the Effectiveness of Lit Circles" (2016). Co-presented at the Illinois Association of Teachers of English Conference.
- "Third Spaces in Service Learning: Teacher Education Students' Engagement with Cultural Difference" (2015). Presented at Olivet's Scholar Week.
- "Creating Critical Spaces in the 5-12 Classroom" (2012), presented for Midwest Association of Teacher Educators.
- "Service-Learning: A Junior High School and University Collaboration" (2011), presented for Illinois Association of Teachers of English.
- "Teacher as Researcher? Navigating the Dual Roles of Teacher and Researcher in the Classroom," (2011), presented for Purdue University's 5th Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium (AGSERS).
- "Teaching in a Third Space: Eliminating the Mind/Body Dichotomy in the Classroom" (2010), presented for National Conference of Teachers of English.
- "Think Before You Speak Write" (2008) on the connection between critical thinking and writing, co-presented for Olivet's Professional Development Day for Teachers.
She is a member of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), IRA (International Reading Association) and IATE (Illinois Association of Teachers of English).
Read Dr. Sherman's curriculum vitae here.
Finding Dr. Schurman with a book in her hand probably wouldn't be surprising. For fresh air and exercise, she enjoys the outdoors, especially running, biking and camping.
She and her husband, Jeff, have four children: two sons, Ethan and Emmett, and two daughters, Farrah and Faith.
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.
Dr. Lamszus joined Olivet's English department in 2014. She currently teaches courses in general education composition and literature, literary theory, and multiethnic literature, and she also enjoys working with freshmen as they transition to college life.
Her Ph.D. concentrations were in 20th century American literature and 20th century British literature, and her dissertation focused on the role of colonization in the fiction of contemporary indigenous women writers from Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean. Beyond her dissertation, Dr. Lamszus is interested in literature that gives voice to marginalized people, including women and ethnic minorities. She is a member of the Modern Language Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Not surprisingly, Dr. Lamszus loves reading in her leisure time, but she also enjoys baking, running, and when she can get away, spending time in any one of America's national parks or traveling to see family in Canada and the Netherlands. She and her husband, John, have two children: William and Eleanor.
Dr. Knudson joined Olivet's faculty in 2001. Currently, she teaches courses in college composition, general education literature, British literature, and special topics in literature. Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales are favorite texts to read and teach. She enjoys trips to the United Kingdom with student groups and exploring the places associated with famous English, Irish, and Scottish authors.
Her Ph.D. concentration was in medieval literature, and the topic of her dissertation was the figure of King Solomon in Middle English literary texts. She is a member of the Conference on Christianity and Literature and is currently researching the role of King Solomon in medieval vernacular Bibles.
When she's away from campus and classroom, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Grace, and their dog, Sugar. The fellowship of friends at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene is especially meaningful to her.
Dr. Johnson has taught in Olivet's Department of English since the fall of 2002. He teaches composition courses as well as a variety of introductory and upper level literature courses.
Dave earned his Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University, where his areas of concentration were 20th Century British literature and late 19th and 20th Century American literature. His dissertation focused on the short fiction 20th Century British writer Graham Greene. His areas of interest include Graham Greene studies, 20th Century Catholic writers (Greene, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, G.K. Chesterton, and Muriel Spark, among others). and narrative theory.
Additionally, Dave and his wife, Val, and their two daughters, Anna and Abby, love spending time together. They enjoy doing a wide range of activities with one another: playing games, going on family trips, participating in church activities, playing together outside, and cheering on their beloved St. Louis Cardinals.