Prof. Mike Kuria, an educationist and senior lecturer at Daystar University, holds a Ph.D degree in Literature from the University of Leeds, in the UK. He also holds a bachelor of Education degree (English and Literature) and a Master of Philosophy degree (literature) both from Moi University. Prof. Kuria has taught language, literature and research courses at Daystar University besides supervision of both undergraduate and post-graduate students. His research interests include African Literature and specifically in relation gender politics but he is also keen on education, language, culture and communication. His favourite genre of literature is comedy.
He has been trained on quality assurance in Germany, South Africa and East Africa and is currently a member of the standing committee on quality assurance in the IUCEA (Inter-University Council of East Africa). He was one of the editorial members in the development of the IUCEA/DAAD quality assurance handbook: A Road Map To Quality: Handbook For Quality Assurance In Higher Education. He has been involved in the training on quality assurance officers for academics and senior management of universities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Chip Kingsbury serves as missionary faculty at Daystar University. He holds a PhD in Adult Education from Florida State University, an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School, a BA in History from William Jewell College, and a Diploma in Bible from Full Faith Church of Love Bible College.
Dr. Kingsbury’s area of expertise and interest is in faculty development and specifically in helping faculty teach for critical reflective thought. He has conducted faculty development workshops and seminars in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States.
His current area of research involves developing contextualized tools for helping higher education faculty in Africa to make explicit their worldviews and meaning perspectives concerning teaching and learning.
Dr. Kingsbury is a member of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD Network). He has made presentations at both the POD Network conference and the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. The POD Network is the international professional association of faculty developers. The Lilly Conferences, held in the USA, provide opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Participants come from a multitude of disciplines and from throughout the US and around the world. Dr. Kingsbury is also the founder of the Christian Higher Education Faculty Development Network for Africa (CHEFDN – Africa).
In 2007, together with Dr. Rick Hornor of Whitworth University (USA), Dr. Kingsbury conducted a training session entitled Preparing Faculty for a Teaching Assignment in the Two-Thirds World, at the annual POD Network conference. In that same year, Dr. Kingsbury presented a paper, and conducted training on, Designing Process Objectives for Transformative Learning, at the Lilly (North) Conference on College and University Teaching.