Teacher Education, Workforce Development, Communication Skills, English For Specific Purposes
Dr. Joseph Mukuni is a faculty member in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, USA. Dr. Mukuni began his career journey as a teacher in technical and vocational colleges, teaching Business Management and Communication Skills from 1997 to 1985. Between 1985 and 1993, he worked as a teacher educator at a technical and vocational teachersâ€™ college in Zambia. His primary responsibility at the teachers college was to head a Key English Language Training (KELT) project supported by the British Council. He rose to the position of college Principal in 1993, a position he held until 1996 when he served as a consultant (up until 1999) in a vocational education and entrepreneurship training (VEET) policy review project supported by the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, and Zambia. In 2000, he rose to the position of national director for Zambiaâ€™s department of technical education and vocational training. In 2001, he was seconded from his government position to head a 6-year $60 million project supported by a number of donors including the World Bank, the Netherlands Government, the Danish Government, and the Zambian Government. The project goal was to strengthen Zambiaâ€™s technical education sector through human resource development, infrastructure development, improvement of training systems, creating a sustainable financing system, and development of linkages with social partners. Upon his retirement from government service in Zambia, he joined World Vision Zambia to head a project supported by the European Union. The goal of the project was to strengthen the capacities of community schools through infrastructure development, teacher training, supply of learning materials, and promotion of community engagement.
Dr. Mukuni has attended professional development programs in a number of countries including Demark, China, the Netherlands, Tanzania, and Swaziland in areas of general management, administration, project management, small business management, and human resource management & development. He has also attended international conferences in Botswana, Canada, France, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
He earned his Master of Science degree at the University of Aston in Birmingham, UK, an Education Specialist degree as well as a PhD at Virginia Tech, USA.