Laura McMullenSystems Administrator
Laura McMullen began working at Hope in December 2016. Prior to this, she worked at Calvin College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in program management, office management and event planning roles.
Laura's work responsibilities at Hope College include:
- Program manager for the Office of Research and Scholarship
- Supporting the associate dean for research and scholarship
- Coordinating the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance
- Coordinating the Summer Hope Academic Research Program (SHARP)
- Program manager for the Day1 Program
- M.A., teaching English to speakers of other languages, Cornerstone University, 2012
- Second Teaching Certificate, teaching English to speakers of other languages, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
- B.A., history and social studies secondary education, Bethel University, 2002
Beyond working in academia, Laura has also enjoyed several years of working with immigrants and refugees.
Laura holds an M.A. in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and has spent a decade teaching, both as a secondary school teacher in Orange County Schools in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and an English as an additional language teacher to adult learners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As part of her service to the TESOL community, she also served for several years as an editor for the Christian English Language Educators Association newsletter.
Why Do You Love Hope?
Serving in academia means that every day Laura gets to support those who are doing cutting-edge research to change the world. She supports those who are changing lives of individual students through the sort of mentoring that can happen well in a small liberal arts college, and she helps make additional life-changing programs possible. She loves being able to be a part of a faith community where scholarship, leadership and service are all integral to what Hope does.
Outside the College
Outside the college, Laura enjoys spending time with her three children, running and writing.
She has an insatiable love of linguistics, loves playing with language and learning new languages. If you want to make her day, drop by her office for an impromptu conversation in Russian or American Sign Language, or a discussion of the uses of gerunds or a well-formed malaprop.
If you can't speak Russian or ASL, at points in the past she has also studied or been exposed to Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Lingala, Spanish and French. Feel free to strike up a conversation in any of these for an instant connection. Sadly, her knowledge of most of these has now dwindled to one or two phrases expressively, and only a little more than that receptively.
Laura also enjoys giving back to the community as a volunteer in the NICU at DeVos Children's Hospital (the hospital that saved her child's life). She is also involved in supporting preemie parents through regular contributions to online journals, and is undergoing training to be an advocate for DeafBlind children through DB Central.