Shureka Nyawalo

Shureka Nyawalo

Visiting Assistant Instructor

Department/Affiliation: French and Francophone Studies
Phone: 330-287-1935
Office Address: 206 Kauke


  • B.A., French, Truman State University, 2004
  • M.A., French, Penn State University, 2007
  • Ph.D. (expected), Linguistics, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Pessac, France, 2017 

Courses Taught

  • French 101
  • French 201

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Completion of NIH training for Protecting Human Research Participants United States National Institutes of Health, Spring 2014  
  • Adjunct Academy II: Teaching Composition Shawnee State University, Fall 2013 
  • Adjunct Academy I (College Teaching) and II (Use of Blackboard) Shawnee State University, Spring 2013 
  • Teaching with Technology Certification Penn State University, Fall 2011 
  • Certificate in College Teaching Penn State University, Spring 2011 
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)   


  • An analysis of anti-rape legislation in France and Italy and its correlation with women’s roles in society," The McNair Scholarly Review of Truman State University. Volume 10, Spring 2004 
  • "All is not lost: How some linguistic features stay, even after many years of non-use," submitted to A Magazine of Initiatives in French Midwest, University of North Dakota, under review, fall 2015.

Research Interests

Professor Nyawalo's interests include both L1 (native speaker) and L2 (non-native speaker) phonology as well as classroom language learning.  


Shureka Nyawalo (BA Truman State University, MA Penn State University) has taught courses in French at several institutions before coming to the College of Wooster.  After spending a year in Geneva, Switzerland, funded by a Fulbright grant, Professor Nyawalo began her graduate work in French at Penn State University, specializing in applied linguistics.  She is currently completing her doctorate from Université Bordeaux Montaigne in linguistics with a specialty in phonology.  A native of Aurora, Illinois, Shureka Nyawalo began her studies in French in middle school and continued on through high school, through her undergraduate years and into a doctoral program.  At Wooster, she will teach elementary- and intermediate-level courses in French, as well as upper-level courses in linguistics.  In her spare time, Professor Nyawalo enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.