New professor brings passion for linguistics to Corban

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


After more than two decades as a missionary in Africa, former adjunct professor Annette R. Harrison, Ph.D, is now serving as Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at Corban University’s Salem campus.

As a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, Harrison served in France, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Niger, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. While in Africa, she studied how the language use and social organization worked within a non-missionary planted (independently planted Christian church) in the Republic of Congo.

“I studied how leadership emerged through language use and how group members signaled someone else to do something,” she said. “To the best of my knowledge, a study like this has never been done in this part of Africa.”

She studied French and has a masters and a doctorate degree in linguistics.

This fall Harrison is teaching a course in language and culture acquisition focused on the Indonesian language, sociology and an English course for Corban’s international students.

Harrison can be reached at 503-375-7186 or

  • Annette R. Harrison, Ph.D, worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators before coming to Corban.

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