Mary Muchiri

Dr. Mary Muchiri

Mary Muchiri

Associate Professor of English

Office Location: Reade Center
Phone: (765) 998-4658

Specialties: african post-colonial and british literature, writing and research in creative nonfiction


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Mary Nyambura Muchiri

Taylor University
236 West Reade Avenue
Upland, Indiana 46989, USA
765-998-4658 (office)


Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics. Lancaster University, U.K (1991-1994).
Ph.D. Thesis: "The Influence of Institutional Practices on Examinations: The case of Kenyatta University. Lancaster University", 1993.

Master of Education University of Manchester, United Kingdom (1980-1981). Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, (TESOL)

Post Graduate Diploma in Education (P.G.D.E.). University of Nairobi (1969-1970). Subjects: English language and literature (Major), Geography (minor).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.Honors) University of Nairobi (1966-1969). Subjects: Political Science, Geography, English Language and Literature.



ENG 110 Expository Writing
ENG 230 World Literature
TSL 302 Language and Culture (TESOL)
TSL 304 Second Language Acquisition (TESOL)
ENG 333 Business & Technical Writing
ENG 492 English Senior Project.



Associate Professor of English
Daystar University, Kenya
and Taylor University, USA
From September 2001 – to the present

Professor of English/Head of department/Dean of Arts and deputy vice chancellor.
Daystar University, Kenya.
From April 1995 to October 2001

Lecturer in English and Teaching Methods/ Head of Communication Skills.
Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
From 1978 to 1995.

Lecturer in English and Teaching Methods
The university of Nairobi
From 1974 to 1978.

Lecturer in English/ head of department.
Kenya Science Teachers College, Nairobi
From 1971 to 1974

Graduate teacher of English/Head of department 1971
Nairobi Girls’ Secondary school (Now Moi Girls’) From 1970 to 1971.




Manuscript almost ready on The Power of Story: Myths on the Origins of Black People. I Hope to find a publisher in 2011.

Language and Culture: An African Perspective. Author house, June 2009.

His Banner Over Me Is Love: The dreams of an African Woman. Author house 2006.

Saved Through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenya’s War of Independence, Ontario, Canada, Essence Publishing, 2004.

Communication Skills: A Self Study course for Universities and Colleges. Nairobi. Longman.1993.

M.A. Thesis: A Study Skills Course for Kenyatta University in Kenya. Manchester University,(1981)

Proposed Research on, “Stories of International Students in Christian Universities in the US, and what they tell us about how best to address their unique needs and make use of their strengths.” The title is still being worked on!

Chapters in Books

“Becoming an Academic Writer in Kenya: the transition from Secondary School to University”. In Foster, David and Russell, David (Eds.) Writing and Learning in Cross-National Perspective. National Council of Teachers of English, New Jersey, 2002.

Research Monitoring and Evaluation (REME) through the Institute for Development studies, (IDS) University of Nairobi, the Report on the Evaluation of British Funded Small and Micro enterprise (SMEs) Projects in Kenya. 2000.

“Importing Composition: Writing in North American Universities and Elsewhere.” In Lisa Ade (Ed.) On Writing Research: The Braddock Essays,1975-1998. Bedford/St Martin’s, Boston,1999.

“The effect of Institutional and National cultures on Examinations: The University in Kenya”. In Coleman (Ed.) Society and the Language Classroom. Cambridge University Press., London,1996.

Obura, Anna (Ed.) Changing Images: Portrayal of Girls and Women in Kenyan textbooks. ACTS Press, Nairobi, 1991.

Co-author of Curriculum Development in the area of Language. Kenyatta University Mimeograph, July,1986

Papers Published in Journals

Review article on Women and Land in Africa: Culture, Religion and Realizing Women’s Rights. Ed. L. Muthoni Wanyeki. Zed Books 2003 in Jenda: Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Issue 7 of 2005.

“The Importance of Naming Systems to African Post Colonial Christians: A Preliminary Investigation.”
African Journal for Transformational Scholarship (AJTS) 2004

Co-author “Communication Consumerism and Gender” In Perspectives, Daystar’s Academic Journal, April, 1978.

Author of “Demystifying the Ph.D.” In Perspectives. Daystar, Feb. 1978.

Co-author of” Importing Composition”. First published in Conference on College Composition and Communication Journal of National Teachers’ of English in the USA. 1996. Designated the best paper of the year.

Unpublished Papers Presented in International/National/Conferences/Workshops

Linguistic Challenges in Multilingual Settings: Issues in Training Teachers in English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Indiana, USA. Presented at the International Conference on Multilingualism and Education, Nairobi, Kenya in July 22-23, 2010.

The Challenges of Academic Life in the Twenty First Century: Lessons Learned from British Colonial and Missionary Experience in Africa. Presented at the Fort Wayne Teaching Conference at IPFW on Friday February 16, 2007.

“Teaching African Literature in the USA, A Team Approach” ICIP conference at Brown County, Indiana. March 21-22, 2003. Co-presented with Prof. Beulah Baker

“African Rhetoric.” Presented to the Rhetoric Department of Bowling Green State University, Ohio.February 27th, 2003.

“The Traditional African Family”. Presented to the Senior Seminar at Taylor University. 2003

“The Stories We Live By” Written for Taylor’s New Faculty Course on Integration of Faith and Learning.December, 2002.

“Extending the Concept of Ubuntu Beyond South Africa: An Investigation of the Kikuyu Language and Culture.” ISAPS Conference at Wooster, Ohio, March 8-10, 2002.

Co-author of “The Academic Journey”. Perspectives. Daystar, 2001.

“The Roles of an External Examiner”. Daystar University. 2000.

“Gendered Memory: A study of Kikuyu Proverbs”. Presented to the International Society for Folk Narrative Research Congress, 17th to 22nd July, 2000, Kenyatta University in Kenya.

“Educating the Educator on Writing Skills”. Daystar University. 1978

“Discourse and Social Change in Africa: The grass root Road to Beijing”. Presented to the 11th Sociolinguistics Symposium in Cardiff, Wales. September,1996.

“Integrating Textual, Survey and Interview data” and Power, Ethics and Validity” : The Social and Institutional Context of Research. University of Lancaster, UK.1993.

“The Influence of Institutional Practice on Examinations”. Presented at a British Council Conference at the University of Nzuka, Nigeria.1993.

“Integrating Language, Literature and Communication Skills.” British Council, Nairobi. 1990.

“Evaluation of Proficiency in Communication Skills Among Prospective University Entrants Under the 8-4-4 System of Education in Kenya”. Kenyatta University. 1990.

“Integrating Faith and Learning: A View of the Arts”. Conference on Christian World View and Scholarship. IAPCHE/Daystar University. 1978.



Fluent in English and Kikuyu languages

A basic knowledge of Kiswahili

Computer literate (I have done a course in desktop publishing and participated in many workshops on Technology for teaching at Taylor University).

Advanced reading and writing skills

Expert teaching/administrative skills



President of Grant County Chapter of the American Christian Writers.

Chairperson designate of the Center for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education in Africa (CPCHEA 2004-2005).

Board member of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE), (2002-2003).

Founder member of the Philosophical Association of Daystar University (PADU)

External reader of MA theses for students at Nairobi Evangelical graduate School of Theology (NEGST, Nairobi, Kenya.

Editorial member of Perspectives, an academic journal of Daystar University and the Karen Community Church newsletter Pamoja.

An External examiner for Dar-es-Salaam, Moi and Egerton Universities In Kenya, (Three years for each).



Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2005 to attend a six week Summer Institute on “ROOTS 2005, “Studies on Slavery”.

Plaque for the best paper in CCC, a journal of American Teachers of English, in 1996.



National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
American Christian Writers (ACW)
Association of Teachers of technical Writing (ATTW)
International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE)



Current member of FDCIC
Facilitator of International Faculty meetings.
A member of Community Life Committee (CLC) 2006- 2009
Supporter of Youth Dynamics (through Heather Baker, my former student)
Supporter of Daystar University in Kenya (through Daystar US office)
Supporter of TWO through contributions to some of my students.
Supporter of International Student’s functions
Visitor at University Nursing home sometimes.



Senior Seminar at Taylor University
Taylor World Outreach (TWO) groups going to Africa
IAS 110 (Fundamentals of Christian Thought) Discussion groups
Dr Alan Winquist’s International Studies class (each semester)
Dr Beulah Baker’s class on Literature of Ethnic Diversity
Mrs. Coe’s class at Hartford Grade School
Matt Graham’s class (my former student now at Delta High)
Lakeside Wesleyan Church
Upland Community Church Women’s Conference
Taylor Women’s Reading and Bible Study groups.

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