Chairman of Department

Personal Skills          

I am an energetic and self – driven person. I am reliable, well organized, focused and able to work on my own initiative. I am comfortable working on my own or as part of a team. I have a genuine interest in learning more and I have successfully combined my learning with work and other commitments showing myself to be self-motivated, well organized and capable of working under pressure. I have extensive Teaching experience in Universities and teacher training colleges.

Education Background

2013    Kenyatta University

PhD in Special Needs Education.

2009    Kenyatta University

Masters in Special Needs Education 

Major areas of study;

  • Research methods
  • Statistics for the development of special needs
  • Transcription of literary Braille
  • Methods and materials for students with visual impairments
  • Exceptional learners
  • Guidance and counseling for children with special needs and their parents
  • Teaching and Curriculum evaluation in special needs
  • Problems and issues in the education of students with visual impairments
  • Advanced Braille and tactile graphics
  • Low vision
1995    Kenyatta University

Bachelor of Education (Arts) 

Major areas of study;

  • Education
  • Kiswahili
  • Islamic Religious Education(I.R.E)

Courses and Seminars attended

1.)  2nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY: Moderati Hotel, Naivasha on 28th-30th October 2016. Attended organized by the national council for persons with disability (NCPWD)

2). THIRD ANNUAL EDUCATION RESEARCH AND EVALUATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Machakos University College on 1st and 2nd September 2016. Presented a paper entitled ‘’ status of special needs education in the Dadaab         refugee camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley.    

3.) 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE  ON DEVOLVED GOVERNMENT AS A TOOL FOR WEALTH CREATION:

Kenya Methodist university(KeMU).Presented a paper titled Cause and Consequence of Disability in Kenya: An Interrogation of Devolution as addressed by the Kenyan Constitution and its Impact on Disability Mainstreaming.

4.) THE 27TH POSTGRADUATE SEMINAR, KENYATTA UNIVERSITY.;Kenyatta university conference centre on 22nd November,2013.

Presented PhD research findings of my thesis titled ‘’Education for refugees: Examining access to basic education in the Daadab refugee camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley

5.) 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY: June 2013

Presented a paper on “Impact of Visual Impairments on the Education of learners among Pastoralist Communities in Marsabit County, Kenya” at Catholic University of East Africa.

6.) 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT KENYA METHODIST UNIVERSITY (2012).

Presented a paper on ‘’strategies and materials for students with visual impairments in institutions of higher learning’’

7).2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT KABARAK: NAKURU. (2012)

Presented a paper on “Education as a tool for Social Adjustment     for learners with mental retardation in Meru County,

8) DAAD AND NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP;

ATTENDED

9.) 2009 : INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AT THE KENYATTA UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE CENTER

Presented a paper on ‘’Examination of library services for students with visual impairments “in an, Nairobi.

10) 2007: Participated in the 4th African forum for disabled persons (IDP)Sarova, Pan-Africa hotel. Nairobi

11) 2005: Seminar on Hiv counseling skills at the Kenya institute of professional counseling, Nairobi

12) 1998: Course on biblical doctrine

Publications

  1. Fransisca, N. Muriungi, P &Mwenda E. (2017):Impact of child abuse on academic performance of pupils in primary schools in Kieni west sub-county,Nyeri  county,Kenya.
  2. Marrietta, M .Kimiti,R &Muriungi, P (2017):influence of laboratory facilities on students’ performance in science subjects in public secondary schools in Machakos sub-county,Kenya.(scholarly research journal for interdisciplinary studies  vol 4 /36)
  3. Dr.Muriungi P.K (2017): The impact of socio-economic status on student performance in urban slums of Laikipia County, Kenya. (International journal of information research &review (IJRR) (Volume 4 issue 2 pp3778-3781)
  4. Dr. Muriungi P.K (2017): An interrogation of devolution as addressed by the Kenyan constitution and its impact on disability mainstreaming (international journal of current research vol9, issue 2 pp47238-47242
  5. Dr. Kibaara, T& Dr. Muriungi (2015): Performance contracting in the teaching profession in Kenya (international journal of          contemporary applied sciences VOL 2 NO2
  6. Dr. Muriungi P.K (2014): Education as a tool for social adjustment for learners with mental retardation in             Meru County, Kenya. (Kabarak Journal of Research &Innovation, KJRI Vol.11 issue 1)
  7. Dr. Muriungi P.K (2014): Gender Based Barriers to Effective Education for Child Refugees in Dadaab refugee Camp, Kenya. International journal of professional practice (IJPP) Vol 3 issue 2 June of the Kenya Methodist University)
  8. Dr. Muriungi P.K (2013): Impact of Visual Impairments on the Education of learners among pastoralist Communities in Marsabit County, Kenya” (Kenya Studies Review Volume 6, Number 3, Fall 2013)
  9. Muriungi P.K (20I2): Strategies and materials for students with visual impairments in institutions of higher learning’’ Published in the international journal of professional practice volume3, issue 4: October –December 2012.)

Papers awaiting publication

Muriungi P.K : The status of special schools and its impact on the enrollment of learners with special needs in Garrisa County

Work Experience:

2015 Sept –to date:- Lecturer –Department of Special Needs                   

Machakos University 

Chairperson; Department of Special Needs Education/Early Childhood Education 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the department faculty in its development of policies on such matters as academic requirements, courses of study, class schedules, graduate and research programs, and service functions.
  2. Chairing all department meetings, except as the chair may delegate this function, and is an ex officio member of all department committees.Has administrative responsibility for implementing the department’s policies and programs
  3. Responsible for recommendations on the appointment of new faculty members of the department, promotions, reappointments, terminal appointments, post-retirement appointments, the granting of tenure, and decisions not to reappoint.
  4. Responsible for the periodic evaluation of department members by procedures and criteria established by the University, the college, and the department faculty;
  5. Submitting the budget request for the department and administers the budget after its approval; and for making recommendations on salaries, salary changes, and distribution of effort. Deal with any matters that may be delegated form time to time by the Dean of the school of education.

Key duties and responsibilities:           

  • Teaching, supervising masters students and conducting research. 

 2011 Jan-to August 2015       Lecturer–Education department

                                                Kenya Methodist University (KeMU)

Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Teaching and conducting research
  • Programme leader –Bachelor of Special Needs Education
  • Designing and implementing curriculum
  • Supervising masters students
  • Carrying out evaluation through Setting, moderation, supervision and marking university examinations
  • Programme coordinator, school based programme Marimanti centre
  • Field visits to supervise students on teaching practice 

Membership in committees

  • Member of the University Senate
  • Member of Pedagogy and Andragogy commitee
  • Member of Research, Innovation and Technology committee
  • Member of Teaching  Practice Committee
  • Member of the University Disability Mainstreaming Committee
  • Chair, Tender evaluation committee on the construction of Machakos university sewerage (DECEMBER 2016)
  • Chair, Alcohol and Drug abuse Prevention Committee (2015/2016) 

2008 Jan – 2010 Dec Tutor – Education Department

    Meru Teachers College (Teachers’ Service Commission)

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Teaching Education
  • Member of college disability mainstreaming committee
  • Preparing students for Primary Teachers Education (PTE) Examinations
  • Supervising students on Teaching practice
  • Setting and marking examination

 June 1995 – Jan 2006: Tutor                                                          

Egoji teachers training college       

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Preparing students in primary teacher education
  • Supervising students on Teaching practice
  • Setting and marking mid-course and mock examinations
  • Women’s dorm tutor
  • Class tutor

Community Work:

Member board of management –Egoji Teachers College

Mentorships of students and youth

    • Kenya Methodist university (KeMU)
    • Redeemed Gospel Church, Makutano –Meru
    • Schools
    • SOS Children’s homes

Other Responsibilities:

2010: Supervisor during 2010 referendum

2008: Founder Member – Women of noble character Organization

1992: Clerk with the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK)