Prof. Carolyne Omulando

Prof. Carolyne Omulando

Prof. Carolyne Omulando

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Open University of Kenya

Prof. Carolyne Omulando is a Professor of Education, Communication and Technology, currently serving as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Open University of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree in English and Literature, Master of Philosophy in Educational Communication and Technology (English Language Education) and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Language Education, all attained from Moi University, Kenya.

Prof. Carolyne Omulando’s professional journey is marked by remarkable achievements and leadership roles in academia. She began her teaching career as a high school teacher and has risen through the ranks to the level of a Full Professor of Education in Educational, Media, and Technology. She has served in various leaderships capacities while in university teaching service, among them the most notable are the founding Dean School of Education and Social Sciences at Alupe University and Director Open Distance Education, KCA University.

Carolyne’s commitment to education goes beyond the classroom. She has supervised and mentored 46 Masters Students and 12 PhD students, guiding them to successful graduations and served as an external examiner in various universities. Through her publications she has made significant contributions to the fields of Educational Media and Technology, Curriculum and Instructional design, Teacher Education and Training, Second Language Learning and Teaching, Applied linguistics, and Higher Education. Her dedication to professional development is highlighted by her participation in various conferences, workshops, seminars, and training programs, where she has both attended and facilitated sessions. Among the trainings, notable ones are: OSSREA Faculty Workshop on Research Methodology; International Deans Course Africa 2019/2020 by DAAD; Capacity Building for KNEC Stakeholders on Competency Based Assessment in English Language Skills; Gendering Policy-Engaged Education Research in Africa by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR); and Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) – National Multiplication Training Programme - Training of Trainer Workshop by DAAD.

Her commitment is further displayed through engagement in educational consultancies. Notable among them are:  Research and Ph.D. Capacities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, project by British Council and DAAD; Alignment of Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) professional course content, a project by Aga Khan Development Network; Teacher Development Literacy Curriculum Development, a project by Aga Khan Development Network; Development of an online Advanced Research Methodology Online Course Curriculum, a project by the Organisation of Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA); Training of Primary School Teachers of English, a project by Africa Educational Trust (AET); and Capacity Building for Teachers of English, a project by Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF). Alongside these, the main research grant project undertaken is: DIES National Multiplication Trainings (NMT) 2021-2022 training on: “Enhancing Strategic Leadership and Management of Higher Institutions of Learning in Post Covid-19 Era” by DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK).

In addition to her teaching and research roles, Carolyne is an active member of several professional and academic associations as follows: The Association of Language Educators and Researchers (ASLER) – Founder member and Executive Director; Distance, Open and E-Learning Practitioners’ Association of Kenya (DOLPAK) – Executive committee member; Language Association of East Africa (LAEA); African Network of Internationalization of Education (ANIE); Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSEREA).