Philiph Mutisya is a professor in the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. In this role, his responsibilities include teaching, research and community service.
Professor Mutisya's research focuses include improvement of the educational process as it relates to human behavioral and social sciences. His specialty areas of focus include identity and socialization and professional development in leadership at local, national and international levels. His research informs his teaching and professional development and also informs and contributes to service to the learning communities at institutional, local, national, and international levels. At the same time, this research promotes institutional intellectual advancement as well as development and empowerment of the "Comm-Uni-Versity"(community and the University).
Professor Mutisya is an executive member in professional research and community organizations: the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International, the Academy of Processed Education, Kenya Scholars and Studies Association, the International Leadership Association, and the Kenya University Project.
Professor Mutisya teaches courses in the following:
- Human growth and development
- Educational psychology
- Diversity and multicultural education courses
- Leadership in international and global education
- Applied research
He also advises on scholarly theses and doctoral dissertations.
Prior to joining North Carolina Central University, Professor Mutisya taught at Fayetteville State University from 1991–2001. He worked as an assistant coordinator for African American Student Affairs for two years and as a resident director in Housing and Residence Life for two years at North Carolina State University (1987 to 1991).
Before joining graduate school, Mutisya had extensive experience in teaching and training in Outdoor Education (National Outdoor Leadership School in Kenya and USA), as well as two years teaching in Ikaatini Secondary and working with US Peace Corps and other international organizations, which earned him an experience equivalent to a United States undergraduate degree.
Other experiences include developing and teaching Kiswahili as a visiting assistant professor at North Carolina State University and at UNC-Chapel Hill, 1994. His specialty areas include research in diversity and multicultural education/character education, as well as training and development in domestic and international education. He has published a book with the National Social Sciences Press: "Conceptualizing African and African American Family and Cultural Identity;" the book focuses on developing a conceptual framework on identity and socialization for African and African Americans, a cross-cultural perspective with a focus on Afrocentricity. He has authored numerous articles.
He was the recipient of the Fayetteville State University Teacher of the Year Award for 1998/99. It is his belief that the future of our nation and the world rests with the teachers of tomorrow, and the teachers of tomorrow need to support, guide, and challenge students in a way that will assure their ability to apply and transfer their knowledge to ever-changing challenges. For teachers to be able to do this, they must be well grounded in their educational philosophy, which is the basis for educational theory.
Mutisya chaired numerous dissertations and theses committees in his 10-year tenure at Fayetteville State University. He was instrumental in the creation of the doctoral degree program in educational leadership in which he chaired the first dissertation (in 1997) in the program at FSU on character.
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