Dr. Margaret Mbindyo is an Assistant professor, advisement coordinator, center for advisement and student support for college of arts, humanities, and social sciences and the college of business at Millersville University in Pennsylvania USA.
She began her teaching/advisement/mentoring career in Kenya where she served as a certified secondary school teacher. She has earned several degrees including a dual title Ph.D. degree in Curriculum Instruction and Comparative and International Education from Penn State University, MA in Education Research from Vrije University in Brussels-Belgium, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University, and a B S in Education in English Language and Literature from Kenyatta University-Kenya. She is also a certified Swahili Language tester and rater for ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for the Seal of Biliteracy (SOBL).
In the US where she is currently based, she has many years working with students at risk of academic failure starting at Upward Bound Math Science at Penn State University, Upward Bound Program at Millersville University and as a K-12 Supervisor for College Career Readiness at Milton Hershey School in PA. She has also served as a temporary faculty and academic advisor in the department of Academic Advisement and Student Development at Millersville University and at Penn State University-Harrisburg.
Dr. Mbindyo area of research includes the academic resilience and academic persistence and success of low-income/first generation and immigrant students. She has presented her research in local, national and international conferences. She is an awardee of NACADA’s Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2019-2021 and a nominee and winner of the 2019 Mashujaa Awards (USA) in the Youth Empowerment category. In the local community, she volunteers with Church World Services to help transition recent immigrants to the USA system of education.