Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. (English: Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies), 2017, Arizona State University
M.A. (English), 2014, Illinois State University
B.A. (English), 2011, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Bruce joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching college writing, business communication, technical writing, advanced writing, fiction and poetry. Her first higher education teaching assignments was at Olivet during the 2011–2012 academic year. Since then, she has taught English classes at Illinois State University, Arizona State University (ASU), Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Madison College.

While at ASU, she served as co-chair for the Graduate Scholars of English Association 21st Annual Southwest English Symposium. The program featured presentations by nationally recognized scholars and a poetry reading. She also served on the board of the Graduate Scholars of English Association at ASU, helping to make decisions and bring positive change and initiatives to the program.

In both 2015 and 2017, she received the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Excellence Award from Arizona State University for her work that she presented at professional conferences. She is a member of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

While an Olivet student, she studied abroad in Oxford, England. There, she fell in love with English as a subject and decided to pursue it as a career. She also became enamored with all things British. Today, she still travels to England when she can, drinks London Fog tea lattes, watches “The Great British Bake Off” and listens to Ed Sheeran.

Dr. Bruce married her husband, Wade, in 2011. He is a software engineer. Traveling to different continents or different parts of the state where they are living is her favorite leisure activity. She also enjoys reading, home yoga practice, blogging, gluten-free baking, and walking with her dogs, Finley and Lacy.

Chair of English and Associate Professor
Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., 2013, Purdue University
M.A.E.N. (emphasis in English), 2005, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S. (English Education), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

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).

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.

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.

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., 2015, Northern Illinois University
M.A., 2011, Northern Illinois University
B.A., 2008, Trinity Christian College

Professor Lamszus joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2014 to teach courses in college writing and literature. Her areas of expertise are rhetoric and composition, postcolonial theory and literature, and British and American women's literature.

She began her teaching career in 2009 while doing her graduate studies at NIU. During that time, she assisted in the development and integration of electronic portfolios in all first-year composition courses. These eportfolios continue to serve an integral role in the assessment of the program there.

As a graduate student, she received the Director's Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition and the Arnold B. Fox Award for Excellence in Research Writing. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Midwest Modern Language Association.

During her leisure time, you will probably find Professor Lamszus camping, hiking or kayaking. She also loves playing board games with her friends and family. She and her husband, John, enjoy traveling — in the U.S., abroad and especially in her native country of Canada.

College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., 2016, Purdue University
M.A., 1999, University of Richmond
B.A., 1991, Olivet Nazarene University

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.

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.

She has traveled to England twice with student groups and looks forward to future traveling opportunities. A fan of Tolkien, she also enjoys British authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

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.

College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., 2013, Northern Illinois University
M.A., 2000, Southern Illinois University
B.A., 1995, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Johnson teaches English in Olivet's Department of English.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Valerie, and his daughters, Anna and Abby.

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