Associate Professor, Harriet Wambui Njui
The Vice-Dean, School of Education, Associate Professor Harriet Wambui Njui holds a PhD in Education from Catholic University of Eastern Africa; a Master of Education (M.Ed) from Kenyatta University, a Bachelor Of Education (B.Ed) from University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed) from Kenyatta University.
Professor Njui brings to Riara University a wealth of teaching experience dating back to 1975 when she received her first teaching appointment at Tetu Girls Primary school. Since then, she has taught in several other institutions including Nyeri Primary school, Alliance Girls High School, Highridge Teachers Training College and Kenya Technical Teachers College. She received several appointments which include Head, Music Department; Coordinator, Teaching Practice (Highridge Teachers Training College); Secretary, Teaching Practice(TP) Committe and Zone Coordinator (Kenya Technical Teachers Training College (1989-92).
Her journey in University teaching started in 1992 when she was offered a teaching post at Kenyatta University (1992-1995) in the Department of Educational Communication and Technology (ComTech). During her tenure there, she provided professional leadership in the development of a Music Teaching Methods curriculum for B.Ed Music teacher trainees in response to the needs of the Department at the time. Her superior performance in teaching, leadership, team building and mentorship of both faculty and students left an indelible mark of excellence that earned her a certificate of achievement from the Dean, Faculty of Education (1992).
In July 1995, she was offered a Senior Lecturer Post by Daystar University , a position she held for seventeen and a half years. Professor Njui’s zeal and commitment to teaching earned her apponitments to adminstrative responsibilitie as a Head of Department (HOD) in Music(1995-2003), HOD in Humanities (2010) and HOD for Education (2010 – 2013). At Daystar University, she has taught several education units to B.Ed and Post Graduate Diploma in Education including Curriculum Development, Sociology of Education, Educational philosophy, Human Growth and Development, General Teaching Methods, Educational Administration and Management and Tests and Measurements. She has also taught several units in music. She believes in experiential teaching methods supported by Information Technology for innovative pedagogy in education.
In her tenure of office as HOD for Education, she initiated and offered leadership and guidance in the development of several market driven undergraduate teaching modules in education, including Curriculum, Adminstration and Management, Tests and Measurements, Sociology, General Teaching Methods and Educational Psychology ; B.Ed (Music, 1998); and M.Ed programmes; Curriculum Studies and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Administration and anagement ( 2011-2012); as well as course peer reviews in both B.Ed and MA Music curricula.
Professor Njui is an education consultant, a resource person in curriculum development and programme evaluation with the Commission for University Education (CUE). She served as an expert resource person in the development of the B.Ed Arts curriculum for Universities in Kenya and the region (2011-2012), in the capacity of a secretary to the B.Ed Arts CUE Committee of Experts. She participated in the CUE Peer Reviews Training (November 2012) on the skills and professonalism needed in carrying out evaluation of programmes and facilities during site inspection tours of universities. Due to the expertise and professionalism she has demonstrated in programme evaluation assignments, she continues to receive invitations to team up with CUE to enhance and ensure quality in the delivery of education in Universities in Kenya. She has also served as an education consultant in various universities in Kenya including Riara University (2012). Further, she has served as a resource person in curriculum development for Secondary and Teacher Training Colleges in developing syllabi and support material for Music at the former Kenya Institute of Education (KIE), now Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development( KICDE) .
Professor Njui is a self driven person whose performance exceeds expectations of set goals and targets. She has a track record of passion in building high performing teams; mentoring students and staff; and a sound leadership philosophy that demonstrates respect and acknowledgment of people’s individual strengths as team players. She firmly believes in open-door management practices.
She derives great satisfaction in utilizing her skills and professionalism in community service. As such, she often engages in capacity- building activities among different groups of people including students, parents and church groups through motivational talks. She has also received many invitations from churches to hold workshops and seminars to build members’ capacity in curriculum development towards the needs for Sunday School Children, Youth Programs and other church groups.
As a trained examiner, Professor Njui has offered exemplary service to Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) as an Examiner and Team Leader in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Primary Teacher Training Colleges National Examinations for many years. The training and experience as examiner has helped her maintain a top notch performance in her roles as an Internal and External Examiner in Music and Education in Public and Private Universities for many years.
Professor Njui has presented several papers in local workshops, seminars and international conferences. She has supervised several Undergraduate(B.Ed) and Post Graduate (M.Ed) projects, theses and dissertations. Her passion in teaching has influenced her research inclination towards classroom discourse.
Professor Njui’s wealth of experience in Education also streams from her long involvement with Universities, Teacher Training Colleges, KICDE, KNEC, Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders in education through educational forums (seminars and workshops). She considers her greatest strength in education as curriculum development, curriculum implementation, curriculum evaluation ; student/staff mentorship and training; team building and research.
Dr. Margaret Njeru is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Riara University. She joined the University as a lecturer in the School in 2012. She holds a PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction (Language and Literacy Development) from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2009). She also holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Nairobi (1990), and a second M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. (2007).
Dr. Njeru has a long history of teaching at the university level. She taught as an assistant lecturer and later as lecturer in the department of Linguistics at Egerton University, Kenya, from 1990-2001. She left Egerton university in 2001 and joined the University of Illinois to pursue her doctoral studies.
While at the University of Illinois, she taught Kiswahili and Global Studies as a Teaching Assistant. She also worked as a co-director for the Global Studies Initiative program in the same university during the period 2009-2010. She was a visiting lecturer for Kiswahili in the same university from 2010-2011.
Before joining Riara University, Dr. Njeru worked as a senior Lecturer in the faculty of Education at the Kampala International University in Dar-es-salaam campus for one year.
She has attended and made several academic presentations at both local and international conferences.
- Njeru, M.W. (2017). Mobile Open-Access Revolutionalizing Learning Among University Students in Kenya: The Role of the Smartphone. In M. Mills and D. Wake (eds.), Empowering Learners With Mobile Open-Access Learning Initiatives (pp.171-192). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishers.
- Njeru, M. W. (2016). Teach Our Children in Their Mother Tongue. In M.M. Koster, M.M. Kithinji & J.P. Rotich (Eds.), Kenya after 50: Reconfiguring Education, Gender, and Policy (African Histories and Modernities). New York: Palgrave Macmillan
- Njeru, Margaret (March 21, 2016). Review 8.4.4 with Social Justice in Mind. Education News.
- Njeru, M.W. (2016). From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered Approach: Views from Primary School Teachers in the 8.4.4. Education System in
- Nairobi- Kenya. Riara University Journal of Education, (1), 203-16.
- Njeru, M.W. (2015). Parents as Participants in Their Children’s Learning: A Tall Order for Parents in Rural Kenya. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (Advocacy/ Policy), 58 (5), 368-371.
- Njeru-Mwenda, Margaret (2010). Raising Immigrant Kenyan Children in America: Academic and Cultural Perspectives from some selected families- based on PhD dissertation. Published by VDM Verlag Publishers (Germany).
Research interests: Dr. Njeru’s research interests include, among others: language, culture, technology and literacy development; In-service teacher experiences, and the role of parents in children’s learning.
Mr. Mutuma Michubu has specialized in Economics of Education and Planning. He holds a B.ED Degree at first class honors and M.ED in Educational planning from the University of Nairobi. Besides, he holds a Post graduate diploma in project management from the Kenya Institute of Management. He is currently pursuing Ph.D in Economics of Education and Planning at Kenyatta University.
Prior to joining Riara University, Mr. Mutuma was teaching at the University of Nairobi, Kenya Methodist University and Mt. Kenya University. Besides, he taught at Oshwal Academy Nairobi, a school offering British National Curriculum (BNC).
Mr. Mutuma has supervised several postgraduate and diploma students in their research projects at the University of Nairobi.
He has carried out research in internal efficiency in secondary schools in Meru North district as well as challenges facing implementation of rehabilitation programs for street children in Kenya. He is currently carrying out research on the rapid expansion and massification of higher education in Kenya as well as the impact of recent takeover of middle level colleges by Universities.
Acting Dean School Of Education Mr. John Mbuthi, is a distinguished scholar in international education and research. Prior to joining Riara University, in September 2011, he was a senior consultant with ThinkSmart Africa Education Consultants (2010 to 2011), where he carried out national and international research projects that aimed to determine the co-relationship between educational attainment levels and the degree of individualsâ€™ participation in socio-economic activities.
From 2005 to 2009, he headed Rusinga School, Nairobi, an international school that offers the British National Curriculum (BNC) and IGCSE/GCE programmes. During his tenure at Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi as the deputy head and International Baccalaureate diploma programme coordinator, he was appointed the IBO regional representative, East and Central Africa from 2003. He was a member of the IB Diploma Review Committee (2003 to 2006) and the Chair of the Nairobi IB School (2000 to 2006).
John holds a B.Ed (Sc) and M.Ed (Administration, Planning and Curriculum Development).
He joins the Riara University School of Education as a specialist in modern pedagogical practices that focus on student-centred, skill-based, interactive and ICT â€“ enhanced learning.