Safary Wa-Mbaleka

Job Titles

Highlight

Associate Professor of Leadership in Higher Education

Started at Bethel

2022

Education

  • Capella University - PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning, 2013
  • Northern Arizona University - EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, 2006
  • Northern Arizona University - MEd in Educational Technology, 2007
  • Northern Arizona University - MA in TESOL, 2002
  • Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies - MA in Educational Administration, 2001

Biography

Dr. Safary is a Christian educator and scholar who is passionate about research, teaching, and service. He is a prolific writer and an international speaker on various issues of qualitative research and online education. His writing/research interests and speaking engagement are on, but not limited to, qualitative research methodology, higher education, international education, online education, and Christian education. He has spoken at more than a hundred conferences in more than 20 countries and published more than 80 books, book chapters, and journal articles. He firmly believes in the Bible as the inspired Word of God that we need to follow as Christians. He belieeves in the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

He started his higher education teaching career in 2003 at Northern Arizona University. Since then, he has served in different universities in the US, Puerto Rico, Philippines, and Kenya, in addition to having served as a visiting faculty in Thailand, Myanmar, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Courses Taught

The following are some of the courses that he taught at the master's and doctoral levels prior to Bethel University:

1. Qualitative research
2. Applied qualitative research
3. Research methods
4. Academic writing
5. Disciplinary research
6. e-Learning
7. Second language acquisition
8. Pragmatics in TESOL
9. Advanced grammar
10. Leadership theories
11. Leadership in a multicultural setting
12. Foundations of Christian education

The following are the major courses he teaches at Bethel University:

EDUC820 Doctoral Research I
EDUC850 Doctoral Research III
EDUC870 Doctoral Research IV
EDUC890 Dissertation Phase I
EDUC 891 Dissertation Phase II

Awards

  1. High Publication Impact Award (October 28, 2015). By Philippine Association of Institutions for Research, 2nd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, Cebu, Philippines.
  2. Outstanding TESOL Researcher (November 27, 2013). By TESOL Philippines, 2nd National TESOL Convention, Baguio City, Philippines.
  3. Outstanding World Researcher (May 1, 2013). By International Association of Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE), IAMURE World Research Festival, Davao City, Philippines.

Presentations

Keynote Sessions

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, October 11). Qualitative Research in the Asian Context: An Outsider’s Perspective. Presented at the 7th International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, December 22-23). Embracing Online Education on the African Continent. 3rd International Multi-disciplinary Research Conference. Open Learning University, Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, April 8-10). Principles of Conducting Interdisciplinary Research. IASPER’s 2nd International Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Research in Higher Education, Cagayan de Oro Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2019, October 16-18). Dealing with the Dog’s Effect of Qualitative Research. Fourth World Conference on Qualitative Research, Porto, Portugal.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2019, June 10-11). Multidisciplinary Research in Education: Connect, Collaborate and Innovate. 1st International Conference and Regional Research Conference. The State Universities and Colleges Teacher Educators Association (SUCTEA). Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2019, May 29-June 1). Qualitative Research in Education. 1st International Conference in Teacher Education and Research. University of Saint Louis, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2019, April 30-May 2). Publishing STEP Research Papers: Fear No More. 2019 National Research Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. Bohol, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, December 7). Knowledge and Application: Bridging the Gap through Research-Informed Practice. Presented at the 2nd ACSCU-NCR/SL Research Congress, Trinity University of Asia, Quezon City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, July 4). Making the Change in Development Extension. Presented at the 1st International Multi-Sectoral Development Extension Services Conference, University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 9, 2018). Building Global Bridges through Research. Presented at the 1st International Multidisciplinary Research Conference, Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 4, 2017). Empowerment of Women in the Context of Globalization. Presented at the 1st International Convention on Migration, Gender Issues and Women Empowerment. Amazing View Mountain Farm Resort, Mabitac, Laguna, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 19, 2017). Traveling the Road Less Traveled in Social Research. Presented at the International Conference on International Conference on Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies (ASSHIS-17), Hotel Benilde, Malate, Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 9, 2017). English Teachers and Learners Today: Making their Voices Heard. Presented at the 18th International Conference on Linguistics & Language Research, University of Washington, Rome, Italy

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 10, 2017). Research: An Untapped Window of Opportunity. Presented at the 4th Annual Research Congress, St. Dominic College of Asia, Bacoor City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 27, 2017). Cultural Understanding Through International Cultural Exchange: The Case of the Philippines. Presented at the 1st International & 2nd National Conference on Language, Kultura & the Integration of Technology, Mindanao State University, Marawi, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (January 24, 2017). Current Global Issues and Research Solution, Universal Researchers’ International Conference, Hotel Benilde, Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 6, 2016). Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century Through Qualitative Research, International Conference on Studies in Arts, Law, and Education (ICALE-2016), Ibis Hotel, Singapore, Singapore.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 30, 2016). Embracing Cultural Diversity and Internationalization in Philippine Higher Education. Presented at the Triripon 2016 International Conference on Luzon Cultural Studies, University of La Salette, Santiago, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 27, 2016). Research in a Globalized World. Presented at the 1st International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, Iligan City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 7, 2016). Sustaining Research Culture through Knowledge Acquisition and Innovation. Presented at the 2016 LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus Student Congress, Sta. Cruz City, Laguna, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (January 29, 2015). Essence of Competent TESOL Educators. Presented at the 10th Teachers’ Congress of Private Schools, Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (January 22, 2015). Practical Strategies to Conducting & Completing Social Research: A Qualitative Perspective. Presented at the 2015 MCL Research Colloquium, Malayan Colleges-Laguna, Laguna, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (May 1, 2013). Introduction to the Review Paper. Presented at the IAMURE World Research Festival 2013, Davao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 2, 2012). Reenergized for Teaching. Presented at the 1st Filipino Teachers Conference, Hat Yai, Thailand.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (May 25, 2011). Reenergizing the Call for Teaching. Presented at the 2nd Annual ABC Teachers Conference, Bacolod, Philippines.

 

Plenary Sessions

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2023, August 1-5). Faith Integration in the Educational Workplace: Principles and Practices. Presented at the 5th International Conference for Faith Integration, Babcock University, Nigeria.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2023, May 5). Emerging Research Designs for Theses and Dissertations. Presented at the WebiCon 2023. Philippine Association of Graduate Education, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2023, February 10). Online Education: Challenges and Opportunities. International Conference 2023 (February 9-10, 2023). Spicer Adventist University, India.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, October 12). Qualitative Research in a Multilingual Setting: Principles and Strategies. Presented at the 7th International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, September 23.). Interdisciplinary research for social transformation. Biannual Research Colloquium. Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, September 24). Scholarly publication made easy. Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, July 29-30). Online Education: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned from COVID-19. 1st Series Virtual International Conference and Research Colloquium. United Federation of Filipino-American Educators, Iloilo, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, April 21-22). Rigor, Reasons, and Research. 4th International Research Forum, Adventist University of the Philippines, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, November 26-27). Challenges and New Demands on Research in this Time of the Pandemic. 1st International Multidisciplinary Conference on Engineering and Technology, Education, Management and Development Studies, Virtual Conference, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. & Rosario, A. H. (2021, October 11-13). Building a Community of Qualitative Researchers. Presented at the 6th International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, July 6-9). Research: Terribly Mystified and Seriously Underrated. Senior High School Virtual Research Summit, Department of Education, Davao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, May 17-20). Discussant of Balancing Research and Teaching presented by Dr. Muhammad Kashif Saeed. International Conference on Research, Innovation and Investment 2021. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2021, January 27). Qualitative Research for the Health Professionals and Scholars. 2nd BUCN International Colloquium on Health: A Virtual Conference. College of Nursing, Bicol University, Legazpi City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S., Rosario, A. H., Pavel, Z. (2021, January 20-22). Data Collection Methods through Online Modalities. 5th World Conference on Qualitative Research. Porto, Portugal.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 14, 2020). Changing Lives through Qualitative Research: Some Practical Principles and Practices. 3rd Philippine Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 10, 2020). Demystifying Research Ethics. Presented at the International Virtual Conference, Bicol University, Daraga, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 24, 2019). The researcher As an Instrument. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Quest Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 1, 2018). Best Research Management Practices of Asian Qualitative Research Association and the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies. Presented at the 3rd International Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Management Congress and 28th National PHILARM Convention, Crown Regency Hotel & Residences, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (July 24, 2018). Dealing with Current Complex Issues Holistically: The Power of Qualitative Research. Presented at the 1st International Conference on Methodological Advances in Research. University of San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 14, 2018). Research for Global Advancement: Best Practices, Wrong Practices, Benefits and Responsibilities. International Conference on Research Innovation and Global Advancement. Arusha, Tanzania.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 3-4, 2017). Importance of Qualitative Research in School-Based Research. Presented at the Capability Program on Action Research, Schools Division Office, Department of Education, Pasig City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 25, 2017). Overview of Phenomenology. Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 31, 2017). Dissemination of Action Research Through Scholarly Publication: A Practical Guide. Presented at the 2nd International Congress on Action Research, Action Learning, De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 10, 2017). Cultural Diversity and Sensitivity in the Internalized Education, 4th International Teacher Education Students Conference, Cebu Normal University, Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 21, 2016). Responding to the Challenges of Globalization Through Innovative Research in Education, International Research Conference on Business, Education, and Social Sciences, Batangas State University, Batangas City, Batangas, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 20, 2016). Paving the Way: Understanding the Current State of Qualitative Research in the Philippines. Presented at the 1st International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association, Hotel Dominique, Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 14, 2016). Making New Knowledge and Technology Accessible to the Communities through Publication. 2nd National Research & Development Forum Across Disciplines, Bituon Beach Resort, Masbate, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 12, 2016). Practical Strategies to Get a Manuscript Published. Baraton International Interdisciplinary Research Conference, University of East Africa, Baraton, Kenya.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 22, 2016). Factors that Promote Publication in Scholarly Journals. Presented at the 2nd National Interdisciplinary Research Congress, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, Las Piñas, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 18, 2016). Mother Tongue-based Education and the ASEAN Integration. Presented at the International Conference on Inclusive Education and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education, Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 2-5, 2015). Factors Leading to Limited Publications by Faculty in Philippine Higher Education. Presented at the International Research Conference on Higher Education, Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 16-18, 2015). Extension Paper Writing for Refereed Journal and Publication. Presented at the National Seminar Workshop on Capability Enhancement of the Philippines Association of Extension Program Implementors Inc. (PAEPI), Technological University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 27-30, 2015). Critical Issues Leading to Rejection of Manuscripts in International Conferences and Journals. Presented at the 2nd PAIR International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 24, 2015). Maintaining High Standard and Integrity in Journal Publication. 2015 LSPU International Research Convention, Splash Mountain Resort & Hotel, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 19, 2014). Publishing for TESOL Philippines and Beyond. Presented at the 3rd National TESOL Convention, Dumaguete, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 24, 2014). Getting Published in Academic Journals: Publish or Perish. Presented at the Regional Academic Forum, Legazpi City, Bicol, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (July 3, 2014). Taking Research to a New Level in the Philippines. Presented at the International Research Conference on Higher Education, Bacolod City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 30, 2014). Writing and Publishing Quality Journal Articles in the Advent of Global Challenges. Presented at the 2nd National Multidisciplinary Conference, Vigan City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 7, 2014). Secrets of Publishing a Journal Article. Presented at the 1st Regional TESOL Conference, Davao, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 7, 2014): TESOL in the Philippines: What We Know Today. Presented at the 1st Regional TESOL Conference, Davao, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 22, 2013). Getting Published in Academic Journals. Presented at the 3rd International Academic Colloquium, Legazpi City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 27, 2013). Doing Research in TESOL. Presented at the 2nd National TESOL Convention, Hotel Supreme, Baguio, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 26, 2013). Fundamental Principles of Second Language Acquisition, Learning and Teaching. Presented at the 2nd National TESOL Convention, Hotel Supreme, Baguio, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 22, 2013). TESOL and TESOL Philippines: An Overview. Presented at the 1st Regional Conference-CALABARZON, Adventist University of the Philippines, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 11, 2012). The TESOL Way: A Proposal. Presented at the 1st National TESOL Convention, Baguio, Philippines.

 

Concurrent Sessions

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2023, June 1). Strengthening Scholarship Through Joint Publication: Lessons Learned from Led-Editing Collaborative Scholarly Projects. Virtual Conference of the Higher Education Adventist Society, Berrien Springs, USA.

Bayeck, R. Y., Otieno, O., Machoka, P., Nkogo, J. C., Wa-Mbaleka, S., Asino, T. I, Wambui, H., Kinuthia, W. (2023, May 24). Online Learning in Africa: For Whom-With Whom-By Whom? 16th International Conference & Exhibition on ICT Education, Training and Skills Development, eLearning Africa, Dakar, Senegal.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2023, February 17). Conducting Qualitative Research in the COVID-19 Era: Lessons from the Philippines. The Qualitative Report 14th Annual Conference (February 16-18, 2023). Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, April 7-9). Decolonizing Research in African Universities for Sustainable Development. 1st AHSRA-Africa Research Conference, Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2022, February 3-4). Online Education in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. Digital Learning Africa, Virtual Conference.

Wa-Mbaleka, S., Tudhope, S., Walstra, K., Van Der Berg, R., Černÿ, M. (2020, October 13-15). Teachers & Tech: Providing Quality Online Education. 2020 EduTech Africa International Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, November 20-22). Enhancing Research Culture: Lessons from a Private University in the Philippines. 19th International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, October 17-19). Practical Strategies in Conducting a Qualitative Meta-Synthesis. Third World Conference on Qualitative Research, Lisbon, Portugal

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, June 27-29). Teaching in English or in Mother Tongue: A Meta-Synthesis from the Philippines. Presented at the 16th Asia TEFL International Conference, Macau, China.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2018, April 24-26). Rigor in Qualitative Research. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Qualitative Research. Asian Qualitative Research Association. Subic Bay Travelers Hotel & Event Center, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S., & Wa-Mbaleka, G. (November 14-16, 2017). Researchers’ Social Responsibility. Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health. AIIAS, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 10-12, 2017). What Makes an Effective Christian Online Course Facilitator: Students Finally Speak. Paper presented at the Adventist Online Learning Conference, Andrews University, Michigan, USA.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. & Matsoro, V. (April 20-22, 2017). Watching People Suffer While Remaining Apolitical: The Dilemma of Adventist African Leaders. Presented at the 12th AIIAS African Theological Association Annual Forum, AIIAS, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 16, 2016). Qualitative Research Primer: What Makes a Research Qualitative? Presented at the 17th International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 15, 2016). Designing Assignment Instructions for Effective e-Learning. Paper presented at the 13th National eLearning Conference, Saint-Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (July 31, 2016). The Role of English in the Implementation of Mother Tongue-Based Education in the Philippines. Paper presented at The 4th International Conference on Language, Innovation, Culture and Education, Bangkok, Thailand.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 21, 2016). Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education: A Case Study from the Philippines. 12th Annual CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 18-19, 2015). Principles of Online Teaching. Presented at the 16th International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health; Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 21st, 2015). Five Pillars of Writing a Publishable Article. International Educators’ Conference, Tuguegarao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 21st, 2015). Top 10 Commonly-Asked Questions in Qualitative Research. International Educators’ Conference, Tuguegarao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 14, 2015). Publish or Perish: Dealing with the Big 5 of Publication. 2nd International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL), Singapore.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 14, 2015). Instructional Design Model for Better Refugee and IDP Education. 2nd International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL), Singapore.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 12, 2015). Best Practices in Mentoring Students Writing Their Theses or Dissertations. Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Higher Education, Cebu City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 12, 2014). Switching to Mother Tongue-Based Education: The New Trend and Its Challenges. Paper presented at the 2nd Global Conference on Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Appiah, S. & Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 21, 2014). Preparedness of International Nursing Students for their Clinical Learning in the Philippines. Paper presented at the 15th AIIAS International Conference on Business, Education, and Public Health, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 29, 2014). English Teachers’ Perceptions of the Mother Tongue Based Education Policy in the Philippines. Paper presented at the 12th Asia TEFL and 23rd MELTA International Conference, Kuching City, Malaysia.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (July 3, 2014). An Ethnographic Analysis of English in the Philippines. Presented at the International Research Conference on Higher Education, Bacolod City, Philippines

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 24, 2014). Publish or Perish. Workshop presented at the 2014 Linguistic Society of the Philippines National Conference, Batac City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 24, 2014). TESOL and the Mother Tongue-Based Education in the Philippines: The Way Forward. Paper presented at at the 2014 Linguistic Society of the Philippines National Conference, Batac City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (March 28, 2014). TESOL in the Outer Circle: The Case of the Philippines. Paper Presented at the 2014 TESOL International Convention, Oregon, Portland, USA.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 6, 2013). TESOL Challenges and Opportunities in the Philippines: A SWOT Analysis. Presented at the 53rd Philippines Association of Language Teachers Conference, December 5-7, 2013, Cebu City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 1, 2013). Christian View of War: The Case of the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Paper presented at the 17th AIIAS Theological Forum, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Philippines.  

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 28, 2013). Globalization, Minerals, War, and Education:
The Case of Congo.
Presented at the 14th AIIAS International Conference on Business, Education and Public Health, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Silang, Philippines.  

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 3, 2013). Promoting the Culture of Publication in Higher Education. Presented at the International Research Conference in Higher Education, Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (September 27, 2013). Practical Guidelines in Conducting Research in TESOL Philippines. Presented at the 2nd National TESOL Convention, Hotel Supreme, Baguio, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (June 10, 2013). Back to the Basics: Strategies to Curb Plagiarism in Online Courses. Paper presented at the IAMURE Conference, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (May 3, 2013). Quality Education for Native Filipinos: A Case Study of Mangyan Learners. Paper presented at the IAMURE World Research Festival 2013, Davao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (May 2, 2013). International Married Singles: Lived Experiences. Paper presented at the IAMURE World Research Festival 2013, Davao City, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 14, 2013). Philosophy of Adventist Education in a Time of War: The Case of Congo. Paper presented at the 9th Forum of the AIIAS African Theological Association, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (February 7, 2013). International Students’ Isolation in the Philippines: Causes, Effects, and Coping Strategies. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research, Bacolod, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (November 16, 2012). Standardizing Online Teaching in Christian Universities: The Five-WH Model. Paper presented at the 12th Graduate School Forum, AIIAS, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. & Gaikwad, S. (November 16, 2012). Current Climate in Higher Education: Perceptions of International Students in the Philippines. Paper presented at the 13th Graduate School Forum, AIIAS, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (October 11th, 2012). The Calling and Passion for Teaching ESOL. Presented at the 1st National TESOL Convention, Baguio, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 24, 2012). Coping with Culture Shock in Second Language Settings. Paper presented at the IAMURE World Research Festival, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (August 22, 2012). Integration of Culture in English Courses for Korean Students in the Philippines. Paper presented at the IAMURE World Research Festival, Cebu, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (December 2, 2011). Teaching in Extreme Conditions: A Pilot Study of Lived Experiences of Refugee Teachers in Central Africa. Paper presented at the 12th Graduate School Forum, AIIAS, Silang, Philippines.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (April 28, 2010). A Paradigm Shift for Education in

War-Torn Central Africa. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Denver, Colorado.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2009, September 7). Online Instruction: An Answer to the 21st Century Challenges. Paper presented at the 2009 First Annual Teacher Congress, Cancun, Mexico.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2008, February 14). OK, I Get It! So, How Do I Design my First Online Course? Paper presented at the 2008 Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and Learning, Online, Illinois.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2007, November 9). Boosting ESL Learners’ Self-Esteem for the 21st Century World. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Convention of PRTESOL, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. & Austin, V. (2006, November 10). Teaching Online Made Free and Easy for ESL/EFL Teachers. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Convention of PRTESOL, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2005, January 14). ESL/EFL curriculum development for Spanish speakers: From theory to practice. Paper presented at The Regional Indigenous Bilingual Education Conference jointly with The New Mexico International Reading Association Conference, Gallup, New Mexico.

Keck, C., Iberri-Shea, G., Tracy, N., & Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2004). Investigating the empirical link between interaction and acquisition: A quantitative meta-analysis. Paper presented at the AAAL Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2004, April 9). How do reading and sentence-writing tasks affect vocabulary learning in second-year university French class? Paper presented at the 8th Annual English Conference at the Peaks, Flagstaff, AZ.

Wa-Mbaleka, S. (2003, April 4). L2 Vocabulary learning: How do we meet learners' need for effective learning and sustained motivation? Paper presented at the 7th Annual English Conference at the Peaks, Flagstaff, AZ.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Executive Membership:

Founder & President, Asian Qualitative Research Association, Philippines 2015 to 2019

Special Advisor to the President of the Asian Qualitative Research Association, Philippines  2019 to 2022

Chief Advisor, Association for Development of Teaching, Education
and Learning, India    2016 to 2018

VP for International Network, TESOL Philippines, Philippines       2012 to 2014.

Membership Coordinator, Adventist Human Subject Research Association- Africa (AHSRA-Africa), Kenya    2021 to 2022

Membership:

American Educational Research Association, USA                          2003 to present

Asian Qualitative Research Association, Philippines                        2015 to present

American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), USA               2021 to present

International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, Canada              2017 to present

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, USA              2002 to 2019

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, USA    2009 to 2018

American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, USA 2010 to 2015

Hobbies and Interests

International travel, cultural exploration, music, cross-country driving

Areas of expertise

Qualitative research methodology, online education, curriculum and instruction, leadership, higher education, applied linguistics

Research interests

Qualitative research methodology, higher education (students, faculty, teaching, and leaders), online education

Teaching specialty

Qualitative research methodology, dissertation writing, higher education, online education

Quote

"True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” (Ellen G. White)