Prof. Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo is a Commonwealth Academic Fellow in Research Methodology (University Warwick, UK - 2015), a holder of a PhD in English Language Teacher Education (the University of Leeds, UK – 2009), an M.Phil. Degree in English Language Education (Moi University - 2003), a B.Ed. Degree in English and Literature (Moi University, 2000) and a Diploma in Education (Siriba Teachers College - 1990).

Currently, Charles is an Associate Professor in English Language Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Media (CIEM) at Moi University - Kenya. His academic interests are: Research Methodology (with special interest in Qualitative research); Teacher Education (with special interest in the Practicum);  English Language Pedagogy (at School, Tertiary and University levels); Training of Trainers; Course/Programme Design and Evaluation; Academic Writing and Organizational Communication.

Since June 30th, 2019, Prof. CO Ong’ondo has been serving as a member of the Kenya National Task force on Access, Relevance, Transition, Equity and Quality for Effective Curriculum Reforms Implementation.

Charles is also the Executive Director of African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE). ANIE is a Pan-African organization committed to the advancement of high quality research, advocacy, capacity building, information sharing, and transnational networking on the internationalization of education with prime focus on Africa. ANIE aims to enable African Educational Institutions and development stakeholders to take optimal advantage of the opportunities presented by internationalization. ANIE has its Secretariat based at the Margaret Thatcher Library, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

Charles served as the Head of Department of Communication Studies, Moi University for Six years. He also served as acting Dean of School of Information Sciences and School of Human Resource Development on a number of occasions.  He has also participated in development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses for his Department, other Departments in his school and even other schools of Moi University.
Charles has successfully supervised to completion Twelve PhD students and Fifteen M.Sc. students and also examined more than thirty theses. He is an external Examiner for Makerere University.

Charles has (alone and jointly) published widely (Six books, five book chapters and Twenty-Six journal articles) in English Language Teacher Education, Communication Studies and Research Methodology.  One of his co-authored books on research is being used as a reference in Universities in Kenya: Jwan, J. O. and Ong’ondo, C. O. (2011). Qualitative research: an introduction to principles and techniques. Eldoret: Moi University Press.

Charles has been a principal researcher in multi-institutional international educational research on Building PhD Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa funded by British Council and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Strengthening Education Mentoring Systems in Africa (SEMESA) from 2015 to 2017, funded by Aga- Khan Foundation.  He has also been a research consultant for institutions outside the University, for nation-wide studies which have been successfully concluded and presented to the relevant organizations. These include Pilot study on Community Service Learning (CSL) in Kenya (KICD, 2018/2019). Needs analysis for curriculum reform in Teacher Education in Kenya (KICD, 2017); and Needs Analysis for curriculum Reform in Kenya (KICD, 2016); Use of ethnic stereotypes and coded language in Kenya by National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in Kenya (2012); He has also facilitated several research and leadership workshops at Moi University and in a number of Universities in Kenya.

Charles is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), Language Association of Eastern Africa, and founder member and official – Kenya Association of English Language Educators and Researchers (ASELER). He is also a member of Kenya Association of Educational Administration and Management (KAEAM). He has organized, attended and officiated in and presented papers in a number of international conferences, seminars and workshops.

Prof. Ong’ondo has actively participated in extension services: First as founder (and current) Chairman of the Board of Management at God Kado Mixed Secondary School; Member of the Board of Management at Bishop Okullu Magare Girls Secondary School; and also served as Guest of Honour / Guest Speaker in a number of Sub - County or School Education Days.

He has also facilitated and adjudicated a number of national and regional workshops and festivals for the Kenya National Schools and Colleges Drama Festival (KNDF) and the Kenya Music Festival (KMF).

Prior to joining the university as a lecturer, Charles had more than ten years’ experience as a teacher of English Language and Literature in English at secondary school level in Kenya.