Dr. John Ndavula, PhD

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Humanities
E-mail: jndavula@mut.ac.ke

Brief Bio
Dr. John Ndavula is a senior lecturer, editor and creative writer. He holds a PhD in Mass Communication from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He has published academic books, journal articles and fiction. He has presented papers at international conferences on various communication topics. He has conducted international webinars on emerging issues in communication studies. He is the editor of Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature and Borderless Press, which is a non-profit that publishes academic works by scholars from the Majority World. He has scripted and produced television drama and documentary films. He has designed, implemented and reviewed university curricula in communication studies as well as supervised postgraduate students.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (2015)

Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (2019)

Master of Philosophy in Educational Communication and Technology, Moi University (2008)

Bachelor of Education (Arts) – Egerton University (2000)

Research interest

Dr. Ndavula’s research interests are in mass communication, political communication and campaigns, disability studies and social media research.

Dr. Beth N. Ngugi , PhD

Department of Humanities

Email: bngugi@mut.ac.ke

Specialization/ Research:  Applied Linguistics.

Dr. Beth Ngugi is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities studies at Murang’a University of Technology. She has served as a Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also served as the Chair of Liberal Studies Department from 2018-2020 before it was elevated to a school.

Dr. Beth holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Laikipia University.   She received an M.A in Linguistics and B.Ed ( Arts)  in English and Literature From Kenyatta University. Her research area is in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics with special focus on mother tongue in education. Much of her work is on different roles of mother tongue in education and second language acquisition

Dr. Beth is co-author of Enhancing vocabulary learning in Kenya’s ESL classrooms, The Double Edged Role of Indigenous Languages in National Development: A Case of the Lower Primary Classroom in Kenyan Schools, Constraint-Based Code-switching during ESL Lessons in a Multilingual classroom and their implication in Second Language Development, and is the author of Code switching between Agglutinative and Non-agglutinative Languages: A case of Kiswahili and English Verb during English Language Lesson

Dr. Francis Gitonga Ndungu

Lecturer & Consultant in Humanities, Language Sciences, French


Specialization/ Research:

Dr. Francis Gitonga Ndungu is a keen scholar in content delivery, competency enhancement and development, astute research oriented individual, with 25 years teaching experience to learners of all ages, primary, secondary, university and the corporate world, both in France and in Kenya.

Dedicated to developing and reviewing BA, MA and Doctoral French programs customized to enable job creation by qualified graduates. A scholar focused on perfecting communication skills through exemplary teaching of French.

An academician engaged in the furtherance of French book publications, article publication, conference interpretation, document translation and project presentation, supervision of students’ projects and proposals. Keen on developing skills in problem solving, at both academic and managerial positions.

A consultant committed to developing competencies in interpretation, translation and foreign language training in Anglophone Africa and beyond.


Department of Humanities

Email : fgachugi@mut.ac.ke

Specialization/ Research: THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS

MS Florence Gachugi teaches Linguistics and Communication studies in the department of Humanities at Murang’a University of Technology where she has been since 2013.She is also currently the examination officer for the department. From 2011 to 2013, she was a lecturer in Social Studies and Communication Skills in Murang’a College of Technology.

MS Gachugi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (English/Literature in English option) from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Nairobi in 2007.She is currently a PhD in Linguistics candidate at the Moi University.

Her research is situated in the fields of Phonology, Semantics and Pragmatics with a special focus on the Phonology of African Languages, lexical and Conceptual Semantics. She has authored the following papers: Animal Metaphors in in Gĩkũyũ in the Journal of Applied linguistics and Language research Vols, issue2, PP 296-302; Systematic Polysemy in in Gĩkũyũ   in the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research Vol issue 3, PP 81-90; The Polysemy of the Gĩkũyũ Nouns that Denote Celestial Bodies in the International Journal of Innovative Research and Advanced studies, Vol5, issue 6; The Polysemy of in Gĩkũyũ body Part Terms Kĩongo ‘Head” and Gũtũ ‘Ear’.  A Cognitive Linguistics Approach in the International Journal of Education and Research, Vol 6 No 3; Conceptual Metaphor and Perception Verbs in Gĩkũyũ in the International Journal of Linguistics, Vol.10.No 6.

She is a founder member of the Language Association of Eastern Africa (LAEA) and is a reviewer for the Nordic Journal of African Studies and the Journal of West African Languages.