Professor Isaac Ipara Odeo

Name: Professor Isaac Ipara Odeo

Vice Chancellor

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Academic Qualification

Institution [ Date from – to ]Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:
Moi University, Kenya, 1998-2003Doctor of Philosophy
Kenyatta University, Kenya 1984-1986Master of Education
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1975-1978Bachelor of Education

Field of Specialization

Language Education in Kiswahili

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Vice Chancellors and Principals Association. 2013 to date
  • Organization of Social Science Research in East Africa (OSSREA)
  • Association of Third World Studies (ATWS)
  • Chama cha Kiswahili cha Taifa (CHAKITA), Kenya
  • Chama cha Kiswahili Afrika Mashariki (CHAKAMA)

Work Experience

Date from toInstitution, Location (City, Country)Person Responsible ToPositionResponsibilities/Duties
2016 to dateKibabii UniversityChairman of CouncilVice Chancellor
  • Carry out day to day business of the University;
  • Develop and recommend to Council short and long term strategy, business plans, annual operating budgets, and establishing proper internal monitoring control systems and procedures;
  • Coordinate and prepare business related proposals, reports and other submissions for consideration by Council;
  • Provide leadership to the employees;
  • Attend to personnel matters;
  • Ensure continuous achievement of the University’s financial and operating goals and objectives;
2013-2015Kibabii University CollegeChairman of Council, Prof. Migot-AdhollaPrincipal
  • The attainment of the Constituent College vision and mission through the implementation of the Strategic Plan;
  • Advise the Constituent College Council on development needs including student facilities, infrastructure and human capital;
  • Ensure the preparation of annual plans and estimates;
  • Ensure efficient financial management of the University including budgeting, procurement accounts and reporting;
  • Coordinate the Constituent College performance management and feedback processes based on set targets;
  • Mobilize resources to meet the needs of the Constituent College;
  • Coordinate of all programs of the Constituent College including research, outreach and linkage with industry and society as a whole;
2005-2012MMUST, KakamegaDeputy Vice Chancellor,
Academic Affairs- Prof. Asenath Sigot
Director, School of Open Learning
  • To consider and make recommendations to Senate on all matters relating to programmes and courses, teaching, research, examinations, academic, planning and formulation of annual and other estimates of expenditure, student progress and research in the subject areas of the College, Faculty, School, Directorate, Centre, Institute, Department, Park in accordance to the requirements and standards set by the Commission for University Education;
  • To consider and recommend to Senate persons to be appointed as internal and external examiners in the College, Faculty, School, Directorate, Centre, Institute, Department, Park;
  • To regulate the conduct of examinations in the relevant subject areas and to make recommendations thereon to Senate;
  • To submit proposals to Senate for academic development and income generating activities;
    To consider and make recommendations to the Senate regarding the development plans for College, Faculty, School, Directorate, Centre, Institute, Department, Park;
  • To formulate the development and the strategic plans and make recommendations in respect of annual and other estimates of expenditure in the College, Faculty, School, Directorate, Centre, Institute, Department, Park to budget committee;
  • To receive and consider recommendations on matters affecting the teaching of students from Departmental Boards; and
  • To consider and report on any matters referred to it by Senate.
2004-2005MMUST, KakamegaDean Faculty of Education: Prof. Aggrey SimiyuChairman of Department of Language and Literature Education
  • Articulate and implement the mission and objectives of the Department;
  • Convene and chair Departmental Board meetings;
  • Represent the Department in the Faculty, School, Institute, Centre or Board, Senate and other bodies of the College as required;
  • Plan and budget for the Department;
  • Create linkages and partnerships;
  • Prepare the Departmental Reports;
  • Be the Chief Examiner of the Department;
  • Manage the academic programmes in the Department as required by Senate.
  • Supervise academic and other staff of the Department; and
  • Make recommendations with respect to discipline, probation, advancement and promotion of academic staff within the Department.
1988-2003Moi University, EldoretChairman of Department: Prof. Robert Mambo; Prof. Patrick KafuLecturer
  • Teaching
  • Examining
  • Supervising undergraduate projects
  • Research
  • Academic advisory and mentoring
  • Coordinating conferences and examinations
  • Time/tabling Coordinator
1978-1987Kuria-Migori; Kemeloi-Kapsabet; Kaimosi-Kakamega; Siriba-Kisumu;Headmaster/PrincipalTeacher,Teacher,Tutor,Lecturer
  • Teaching
  • Examining
  • Guidance/ Counselling/Mentoring
  • Administrative responsibilities

Professional Research Interest

  • Emerging trends in higher education
  • Language ecology

Research Experience and Funds Attracted

YearPosition in ProjectResponsibilities/DutiesResearch/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2014InvestigatorFactors Affecting Performance in Public Examinations at Primary School Level in Bungoma CountyFactors Affecting Performance in Public Examinations at Primary School Level in Bungoma County300,000.00
2014Principal InvestigatorThe Origin and development of Kibabii University CollegeThe Origin and Development of Kibabii University College300,000.00
2007Principal InvestigatorAttitudinal and Linguistic Factors that Define Street CommunityA study of Street Children in Urban Centres of Western Province of Kenya300,000.00
2002Investigator Developing and Marketing Community Tourism Around the Kakamega ForestPotentials, Opportunities and Challenges1.5M
2002InvestigatorCoordinating research assistants, analyzing data and writing report Public University Reform in KenyaMapping the Key Changes of the Last Decade, a Case of Moi University2M


YearPosition in Consultancy TeamResponsibilities/DutiesConsultancy/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2010Main ConsultantCoordinating translation exercise and quality assuranceTranslating Citizens Service Charter for Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology100,000.00
2010 Lead consultantTraining of Trainers for Bukura Agricultural College1,000.000.00
2010MemberMember of panel, Kenya National Examinations CouncilModerating draft examination questions1,000,000.00
2009Principal ConsultantReviewing and writing reportStatus of Kamusi Kamili ya Kiswahili, by Longhorn Publishers for Oxford University Press300,000.00
2008Kenya National Examinations Council, NairobiModerating draft examination questions
2008Main ConsultantReviewing and writing AssessmentKiswahili Dictionary Manuscript for Baraza la Kiswahili la Zanzibar
2006Kenya National Examinations Council, NairobiModerating draft examination questions
2003Co-trainerTraining of TrainersToT for Revised and Rationalized Secondary School Kiswahili Syllabus, Kisumu150,000.00
2002Member of the panelDesign of the Revised Secondary School Kiswahili SyllabusRevised Secondary School Kiswahili Syllabus1,600,000.00

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Books and Book Chapters

  • Moses Wasike na Isaac Ipara Odeo, 2018: “Masuala Ibuka katika Masomo ya Kiswahili katika Shule za Sekondari: Mfano wa Maudhui kutoka Nyimbo za Kizazi Kipya”. In Isimu na Fasihi ya Lugha za Kiafrika. Eldoret. Moi University Press. ISBN: 978-9966-1879-7-0
  • Moses Wamalwa na Isaac Ipara Odeo, 2018: “Matumizi ya Nyimbo za Kizazi Kipya kama Mbinu ya Kufundishia Masuala Ibuka katika Shule za Upili Nchini Kenya”. In Isimu na Fasihi ya Lugha za Kiafrika. Eldoret. Moi University Press. ISBN: 978-9966-1879-7-0
  • Odeo, I.I. & Wamalwa, E.W. 2017:” Mchango wa Marehemu Profesa Naomi Luchera Shitemi katika Kuendeleza Taaluma ya Kiswahili Nchini Kenya”. Katika Kandagor, M., Ogechi, N. & Vierke, C. Lugha na Fasihi katika Karne ya Ishirini na Moja. Eldoret. Moi University Press. ISBN: 978-9966-1879-6-3
  • Odeo, I. I. 2017: “Challenges Facing New Kenyan Higher Education Institutions: The Case of Kibabii University.” In Proceedings of Kibabii University 2nd international Interdisciplinary Conference 2017. ISBN: 978-9966-59-011-4
  • Kiango, J.G., Lodhi A.Y. Ipara I. and Nassir A. 2016: Kamusi Sanifu ya Msingi. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 019 573306 8
  • Waititu F.G and Ipara, I.O. 2015. Kiswahili Fasaha Book 4(Pupil’s). Oxford University Press: Nairobi.2nd Edition. ISBN 978 19 5732855 3
  • Waititu F.G., Ipara, I.O., Vuzo, A.M. and Okaalo, B. 2015. Kiswahili Fasaha Book 3 (Pupil’s,). Oxford University Press: Nairobi. 2nd Edition. ISBN 978 019 5742305

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Scientific Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  1. Oluoch, J.S., Ipara, I.O. and Kobia, J.M. Ambiguity in translation of metaphors: A case of Dholuo and Kiswahili. African Journal of Education, Science and Technology, December, 2014 Vol 2, No1 pp182-190.ISSN: 2309-9240
  2. Agessa, D.K. & Odeo, I.I. 2017: Kiswahili na Sera ya Elimu katika Shule za Sekondari Nchini Kenya. Jarida la Idara ya Kiswahili na Lugha Nyingine za Kiafrika. Chuo Kikuu cha Moi. Juzuu 1 Na.1 uk. 1-8. ISSN: 2412-6993 pp 3-12