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Prof. Laban P. Ayiro 

Professor of Research Methods and Statistics

Title & Responsibilities

Vice-chancellor, Daystar University: Leadership, Administration of the HR, Academic and Extension activities of the University.

Professor of Research Methods Teaching Research Methods & Statistics to PhD and Masters students..


I have been a Chemistry teacher, Principal of several High Schools, Provincial Director of Education, Deputy Director of Staff Training (Kenya Education Management Institute), Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Planning at the Ministry Headquarters and Senior Deputy Director for Research and Curriculum Development at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

I am a Senior Fulbright Scholar having been to the USA in 2011- 2012 researching and teaching at the University of Texas A&M.

I am also a leading consultant in Research, Organizational Leadership and Performance. I have at Moi University worked as Director, Quality Assurance and Standards and hold a wide research and publication track record of over twenty publications.

Administratively, I have acted as Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Planning and Development and also as the Ag. Vice Chancellor Moi University. Currently, I am the Vice Chancellor of Daystar University.

I have skills in the area of Leadership and Management, research methods, strategic planning and management, organizational capacity building, team building, decision making & problem solving, research and report writing, training of trainers, trainer of entrepreneurs, proposal and project writing, computer literacy and grounded skills in the application of ICT in teaching instruction (pedagogy). I am also a peer- reviewer on Quality for the Commission of University Education in Kenya.

I am a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management, The African Network of Internalization of Education, The Academy of Human Resource Development and Women Educational Researchers of Kenya. As my contribution to the community I am the current Chairman of the Kakamega County Education Board, having served the board for the last 4 years.


  • Ph.D., Business Management, Kenyatta University, Kenya, 2008
  • M.A., International Relations, United States International University (USIU), Kenya 2004
  • M.Sc., Entrepreneurship Studies , Kenyatta University, 2003
  • M.Ed., Education Finance, Economics & Planning , University of Witwatersrand , South Africa, 2013
  • B.Ed., Teaching of Chemistry & Mathematics, McGill University,  Canada, 1984    
  • Research, Senior Fulbright Scholar, University of Texas A&M ,  USA, 2012    


  • Ayiro, L. P. (2022).The Art of Institutional Leadership. East African Educational Publishers
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2022, April 20). Political Economy and Learning Outcomes in Kenya [paper presentation]. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference themed Illuminating the Power of Idea / lism, April 18-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota in collaboration with Pennsylvania and Oxford universities.
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2021): The Nature and Design of Mixed Methods Research, Daystar University, Nairobi
  • Ayiro, L. P. Mixed Methods Research: Myth or Reality? Inaugural annual Lecture 23rd July 2021. Daystar University
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2021, 28TH-30TH September). Research Integrity and Quality Assurance. Inaugural annual conference & 1st International conference on Research Process and Research Ethics. Conference (blended).
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2021). Cracking the code of Leadership: The EQ Factor. East African Educational Publishing, Nairobi Kenya. In print
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2021). Educational Research Methods: A Functional Approach. Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi Kenya. In print
  • Crouch, L., Ayiro,L.P, Becskehazy,I.,Elacqua, G., Naranjo,B. (2020). Systems Implications for Core Instructional Support Lessons from Sobral (Brazil), Puebla (Mexico), and Kenya.RISE Insight Series. 2020/020.
  • Ayiro, L. P. ( 2018): A functional Approach to Educational Research Methods. Kenya Literature Beural: Nairobi
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2013). A functional Approach to Educational Research Methods and Statistics: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches’ published by the Mellen Press NY- USA
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2013). Calculations in Statistics: An Intuitive Approach. Printhouse Publishers:Nairobi
  • Ayiro, L.P. & Sang J.K (2010). Leadership and Management in Educational Institutions, USA; Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2010). Social Entrepreneurship: A Case For HIV/AIDS Mitigation in Kenya: Mitigating the Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Education Sector using Entrepreneurial Practices in a Non-Profit Setting, USA: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Ayiro, L.P. & Sang J. K. (2010). Quality Assurance Challenges in the Award of PhDs in Kenya: The Award of the PhD degree by Kenya Universities: A Quality Assurance Perspective, USA: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Visser-Valfrey M. & Ayiro, L.P. (2008). Mainstreaming Toolkit for HIV/AIDS; UNAIDS, IATT/UNESCO, Paris.

Book Chapters
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2016), Measuring Learning outcomes in Kenya: Context and perspectives in Alexander W. Wiseman, Emily Anderson(ed). Annual Review of .... Practice International Education 2015 (International Perspectives on Eduction and Society volume 28), Emerald Group Publishing limited, pp 223
  • Ayiro, L. P. (2013). "HIV/AIDS and its Impact on Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policy Initiatives and Challenges", Alexander W. Wiseman, Ryan N. Glover, in (ed.) The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Education Worldwide (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 1 – 26
  • Ayiro, L. P. & Sang J.K. (2012). Emotional Intelligence and Leadership – A Case for Quality Assurance Managers in Kenyan Universities, Emotional Intelligence - New Perspectives and Applications, Annamaria Di Fabio (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-838-0, InTech, Available from:.

Book Forward
  • Boyo, B. (2021). The Church and Politics: A Theological Reflection. Langham Publishing
  • Kehbuma, L. and Lando, A. L. eds. (2020) Digital Communications at Crossroads In Africa: A Decolonial Approach. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers: New York / UK .

Refereed Journal Articles
  • Sharon Fonn, Laban Peter Ayiro, Philip Cotton, Adam Habib, Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi, Alfred Mtenje, et al. (2018). Repositioning Africa in global knowledge production. Lancet 392, (10153), 1163-1166. Published: August 30, 2018 DOI: 6736(18)31068-7
  • Ayiro, P. L. & Sang J.K. (2016) Provision of Education to the Hard to reach Amidst Discontinuity in Normadic Communities in Kenya. Forum for International Research in Education 3(3) Articles2
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2014). Transformational Leadership and School Outcomes in Kenya. Does Emotional Intelligence Matter? Forum for International Research in Education: 1 (1), article 4. Available at: http://
  • Ayiro, P.L. (2012). Acquisition and Utilization of ICT Skills among University students in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Case of Universities in Kenya. Sage open line journal. Journal of continuing open and Distance Education (2012)
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2014). School Textbook Policy in Kenya: Current Status and Options. Research Triangle International ( RTI) Educational Research Publications
  • Ayiro, P. L. & Sang J.K (2013): The award of the PhD degree in Kenyan universities: a quality assurance perspective, Quality in Higher Education, 17:2, 163-178
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2013). An Analysis of Emotional Intelligence and the Performance of Principals in Selected Schools in Kenya. Journal of Advances in Developing Human Resources, 11(6) 719– 746.
  • Ayiro, L.P. & Sang J. K (2010). Education leadership in a globalized economy: A Kenyan perspective. Journal for education science and technology, 4(5)15-47.
  • Ayiro, L.P (2010). An Analysis of Emotional Intelligence and the Performance of Principals in Selected Schools in Kenya. Journal of Advances in Developing Human Resources, 11(6) 719– 746.
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2009). The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in HIV/AIDS Management across the Education Sector in Kenya. Journal of European Industrial Training- “HRD and Entrepreneurship in Africa, 3(34), 2010.
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2008), HIV/AIDS Education: An Entrepreneurial Approach to Impact Mitigation. A Journal of the School of Education, Moi University, Volume II, Number 1 (i – xii) 1-26.
  • Ayiro, P. L. (2008), Application of Entrepreneurial Management in the Education Sector in Kenya. The Journal of the School of Economics, Moi University.