THEOPHILE MUHAYIMANA, PhD
Theophile Muhayimana is the Dean of the Faculty of Education. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from University of Nothern Iowa (US) in 2015. He’s also got a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Dean Muhayimana has been serving UNIK since 2004, a year after its foundation. Muhayimana is an educationist by training, practice, and passion. He has been active for 27 years in reflective practices and research in classroom instruction, curriculum development, and career advisement. He has equally been involved in leadership for teacher professional growth, student success, and school improvement in primary, secondary school and higher education settings.
In addition to scholarly publications, Dean Muhayimana attended and presented at national, regional, and international conferences about language educational policies, critical and transformational pedagogy, as well as effective learning practices. As a reflective classroom teacher, an enthusiastic mentor, a critical applied linguist, a committed researcher and author, and a transformative leader, Muhayimana values and strives for teamwork, dialogue, mutual respect and trust, responsibility and timeliness, as well as excellence in any of his endeavors.
Dean Muhayimana has been exposed to multicultural education and global perspectives as he navigated the Belgian and French education structures from pre-school to undergraduate level in Rwanda, and he has embraced the American rainbow education system for Masters’ and doctoral studies. Born and raised in a multilingual environment (English, French, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, and Latin), Muhayimana developed linguistic and communicative skills that have enabled him to become an effective communicator in person, on paper, and on the podium.
Dean Muhayimana has been lucky to have extensive teaching experience at different levels. He has taught in primary, secondary, and higher education with multiple leadership duties such as Deputy Head Teacher in charge of Studies (Prefet des Etudes), Department Head, Language Center Director, Interim Human Resources Director, Director of the University President’s Office, Dean of the College of Education, and Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Kibungo (UNIK). He also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, Grand Seminaire-Philosophicum de Kabgayi, and Grand Seminaire Propedeutique de Rutongo.
Dean Muhayimana’s research interest is in applied linguistics and in transformative leadership.