Professor, Harriet Wambui Njui
Professor Harriet Wambui Njui holds a PhD in Education from Catholic University of Eastern Africa; a Master of Education (M.Ed)Â from Kenyatta University, a Bachelor Of Education (B.Ed) from University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed)Â from Kenyatta University.
Professor Njui brings to Riara University a wealthÂ of teaching experienceÂ dating backÂ 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.Â SheÂ received several appointments whichÂ include Head, Music Department; Coordinator, Teaching PracticeÂ (Highridge Teachers Training College); Secretary, Teaching Practice(TP) Committe andÂ ZoneÂ 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 UniversityÂ (1992-1995) in the Department of Educational Communication and Technology (ComTech). During her tenure there, she provided professionalÂ leadership in the development ofÂ a Music Teaching Methods curriculum forÂ B.Ed Music teacher trainees in response to the needs of theÂ Department at the time. Her superior performance in teaching, leadership, team building and mentorship of both facultyÂ and studentsÂ left an indelible mark ofÂ excellence that earned her a certificate of achievement from the Dean, Faculty of Education (1992).
In July 1995, she was offeredÂ a Senior Lecturer Post by Daystar University , a position she held for seventeen and a half years. Professor Njuiâ€™s zealÂ and commitment to teaching earned her apponitments to adminstrative responsibilitie as aÂ Head of Department (HOD) in Music(1995-2003), HOD in Humanities (2010) and HOD for Education (2010 â€“ 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);Â andÂ M.EdÂ 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 educationÂ consultant, aÂ resource person in curriculum development and programme evaluationÂ with the Commission for University Education (CUE). SheÂ served as an expert resource person in the development of theÂ Â B.Ed Arts curriculum for Universities in Kenya and the region (2011-2012),Â 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 andÂ ensure quality in the delivery of educationÂ in Universities in Kenya. She has also served as an education consultant in various universities in KenyaÂ including Riara University (2012). Further, she has servedÂ as a resource person in curriculum development for Secondary and Teacher Training Colleges in developing syllabi and support material for Music atÂ 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 inÂ building high performing teams; mentoring students and staff;Â andÂ a sound leadership philosophy that demonstrates respect and acknowledgment of peopleâ€™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 manyÂ invitations from churches to hold workshops and seminars to build membersâ€™ capacity in curriculum developmentÂ towards the needs for Sunday School Children, Youth Programs and other church groups.
As a trained examiner, Professor Njui has offeredÂ exemplary service to Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) as an Examiner and Team Leader in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) andÂ Primary Teacher Training CollegesÂ National Examinations for many years. The training and experience asÂ examiner hasÂ helped her maintain a top notch performance in her roles as an Internal and External Examiner in Music and EducationÂ in Public and Private Universities for many years.
Professor Njui has presented several papers in local workshops, seminars and international conferences. She has supervised severalÂ Undergraduate(B.Ed) and Post Graduate (M.Ed)Â projects, theses and dissertations. Her passion in teaching has influenced her research inclination towards classroom discourse.
Professor Njuiâ€™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).Â She considers her greatest strength in education as curriculum development, curriculumÂ implementation, curriculumÂ evaluation ; student/staff mentorship and training; team building and research.