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MIAS ADJUNCT FACULTY LIST

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Listed here are the current Adjunct faculty for the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies Programs. Click any of the discipline categories to jump to the corresponding list of faculty:

SOCIAL SCIENTISTS

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Prof. Paul P. W. Achola, Ph.D. Social Foundations of Education
Teaches: 

1. African Marriage and Family: Challenge and Change.

2. African Cultures: An Overview 

3. Sociology of Development/Underdevelopment in African Religion

 

Curriculum Vitae:
Prof. Paul Achola was a Research Professor based at Kenyatta University and is now in charge of Research Methodology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kisumu Campus. He has a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Iowa, an MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa, an MA in Political Sociology from the University of Nairobi, and a B.A. from University of Nairobi. He was the former chairman of the Department of Sociology at Kenyatta University.

Professor Edward Oyugi, Ph.D. Psychology
Teaches: 

1. Contemporary Political and economic Changes in Kenya

2. African Cultures: An Overview 

3. Sociology of Development/Underdevelopment in African Religion

4. Justice and Peace in East Africa

Curriculum Vitae:
Professor  Edward A. Oyugi holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in the area of Psychology, Education Psychology, Pedagogics and Social Psychology from University of Cologne (German) (1963-71). He was a visiting professor at Bayreuth University (Germany) in African Studies (1985-87). He is currently an associate professor at Kenyatta University.

Prof. Douglas Waruta, Ed.D. Philosophy of Christian Education
Teaches: 

1. African Traditional Religion Interprets the Bible

2. African Christian Theology: Historical and Systematic Development 

3. African Traditional Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms

Curriculum Vitae:
Professor Douglas Wanjohi Waruta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi. After gaining his B.A. in Philosophy and Religious studies from Hardin-Simmons University Abilene-Texas, he returned to Kenya and joined the University of Nairobi for an M.A. program in Biblical studies (1976). He received his Ed.D. in Philosophy of Christian Education from Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth-Texas (1980). 

Prof. Mary Getui, Ph.D. Religious Education
Teaches: 

1. African Cultures: An Overview

2. African Marriage and Family: Challenge and Change

3. Gospel and Culture: The African Experience

Curriculum Vitae:
Professor Mary N. Getui was the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social sciences, Kenyatta University and is now in charge of quality assurance at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She has been the Coordinator of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) Africa Region. She is also the treasurer of the Association of Theological Institutions in Eastern Africa (ATIEA). She is actively involved in the activities of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She has published widely in the area of African culture, gender issues, religion and society.
 

Dr. Joan Burke, Ph.D. Anthropology

Teaches:  Towards the Inculturation of Religious Community Life in Africa

         Curriculum Vitae:

Dr. Joan Burke has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Oxford University.  She is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, is an American by birth and has been resident in Africa since 1971.  Her doctoral thesis was on the evolving African expression of religious life based on eight years of experience and field research in Lower Zaire (1980-1988).  She has had a long-time interest in the dynamics of inculturation in Africa.  She is presently working in an NGO position at the United Nations in New York and in 2001 published a book titled: Towards the Inculturation of Religious Life in Africa, Paulines Publications, Nairobi.

Dr. Michael Katola, Ph.D. Religious Studies
Teaches: 

1. African Traditional Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms

2. Moral Teachings and Practices of African Traditional Religion

3. African Culture: An Overview

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Michael Katola is a Senior Lecturer and a former chairman in the Department of Religious Studies, Kenyatta University. He got a B. Ed. (Arts) from the University of Nairobi, MA and Ph.D. both from Kenyatta University. Apart from wide experience in teaching, he has also done research and published on the Akamba Ethnic group and contemporary issues.

Dr. Cyprian Kavivya, Ph.D. Religious Studies
Teaches: Advanced Field Research Principles and Practice

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Cyprian Kavivya holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Nairobi. He is currently a lecturer at Kenyatta University and received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies in October 2003. Dr. Kavivya  has worked in the program since 1993.

Dr. Zacharia Wanakacha Samita, Ph.D. Religious Studies
Teaches: Foundational Field Research Principles and Practice

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Zacharia Wanakacha Samita, is the Director of Kanyatta University’s Kericho Campus. He holds a B.Ed from the University of Nairobi and an M.A and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Kenyatta University. The latter was awarded in December 2004. He has extensive teaching, research and publishing experience. He has contributed academic in various journals and presented research papers in various national and international forums. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University. Dr. Samita has worked in the program since 1993. 

Dr. Ruth Muthei, Ph.D. Religious Studies
Teaches: 

1. African Feminist/Womanist Theology

2. African Culture: An Overview

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Ruth Muthei, holds BA, MA and PhD from Kenyatta University. Her area of specialization is Gender Issues in Education and Theology. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Kenyatta University. She has published widely on the subject of Gender and reproductive health in Kenya.  

Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa, Ph.D. Development Economics
Teaches: 

1. Contemporary Political and Economic Realities in Kenya

2. Justice and Peace in Eastern Africa

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa is the Country Coordinator for Uwezo Kenya. Prior to joining Uwezo Kenya, Emmanuel worked as a Lecturer at Kenyatta University in the School of Economics for ten years. Emmanuel is a seasoned researcher with The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and has won several grants for his research. Emmanuel holds a BA and MA in Economics from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Whilst pursuing his PhD in Rural Economic Development at Kenyatta University, Emmanuel was awarded a scholarship to study at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenburg in Germany.  

THEOLOGIANS

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Prof. Laurenti Magesa, Ph.D. Moral Theology
Teaches: 

1. Moral Teachings and Practices of African Traditional Religion

2. African Traditional Religion: Major Beliefs, Practices and Contemporary Forms

3. Gospel and Culture: The African Experience

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr. Laurenti Magesa: Ph.D. (University of Ottawa, Canada) D.Th. (St. Paul University, Canada). Former lecturer and Head of Department of Religious Studies at CHIEA. In 1991, he was a  Scholar-in-Residence and lecturer at Maryknoll School of Theology, New York. He is the author of The Church and Liberation in AfricaAfrican Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life; and Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa, Co-author of Christian Marriage in Africa, Co-Editor of Jesus in African Christianity and has written numerous articles. 

INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURERS

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Prof. Michael Kirwen, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies
Teaches: 

1. MIAS unique educational method focused on transformation of participants

2. Foundational Field Research Principles and Practice

3. Cross-cultural studies

Curriculum Vitae:
Professor Michael C. Kirwen is the founder and director of the MIAS program. He has engaged in pastoral work and academic research among the Luo people in Tanzania since 1963. He was awarded an interdisciplinary doctorate in Theology and Anthropology from University of St. Michael's College, Toronto (1972). He has taught cross cultural theology and pastoral acculturation both in East Africa and in the United States and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Education Leadership by St. Mary's University MN/USA in 2008.

HUMANITY LECTURERS

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Prof. ​Wilson Hassan Nandwa, Ph.D., Islamic Sharia
Teaches: Introduction to Islam in East Africa

Curriculum Vitae:
Professor Nandwa holds a PHD in Islamic Sharia and Post Graduate Diploma from Kenya School of law. He is an advocate of the High Court and a published author of various Islamic Journals. He is currently lecturing at the Thika College of Sharia and Islamic studies and Zanzibar University. In addition He is an external examiner for several universities within the East Africa region and a serving board member of two local banks.
 

Prof. Eric Masinde Aseka, PhD History
Teaches: Contemporary Political and Economic Realities in Kenya

Curriculum Vitae:
Prof. Eric Aseka is a professor at Nairobi International school of Theology/International leadership university , Kenya. He was a professor of Political history and Political economy, department of History Kenyatta University. He was a senior Fulbright scholar in residence at Kennesaw state university, Atlanta, Georgia in 2006.He holds a Bed in History and Literature in English from University of Nairobi, MA in History from the same institution and a PhD in History from Kenyatta University.  

Dr. Oriare Nyarwath, PhD Philosophy
Teaches: Sage Philosophy: The Root of African Philosophy and Religion

Curriculum Vitae:
Dr Oriare Nyarwath is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi. He has a PhD in Philosophy, Master of Arts degree in Philosophy and  Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Nairobi. He teachers part time at Apostles of Jesus Seminary, Lang'ata and Consolata Institute of Philosophy, Nairobi. 

Drs. Hubert Pinto, PhD Candidate, Psychology
Teaches: Spirituality, Personhood and Psychotherapy in an African Context

Curriculum Vitae:
Drs. Hubert Pinto was formerly Director of the Institute of Youth Ministry in Tangaza College. He has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with emphasis on Marriage and Family from University of San Fransisco , Bachelors of Theology from Tangaza College- Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Bachelor of Arts in Economics from North-Eastern Hill University, Bachelor of Philosophy from Jnanodaya Salesian College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Kenyatta University, Kenya.  

 

 

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