Crystal Machado is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where she works with pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators.
Additionally, she coordinates the Master’s in Education program. Prior to joining IUP, Crystal worked as a K-12 teacher, an administrator, and middle/high school assistant principal for many years in Pakistan. She holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership; two master’s degrees, one in School Administration and the other in Primary Education; and two bachelor’s degrees, one in Business and the other in Education.
Crystal demonstrates her commitment to promoting equitable practices in higher education though her teaching, research and service. As an instructor she models culturally responsive practices and critical pedagogy. Her research interests include multicultural and global education, reflective practice, innovative web-based technology, and school reform and renewal; she has presented on these topics at international, national, and regional conferences. She reviews papers for the Journal of International Students: Multicultural Education; Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap; and Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspective, UK.
At IUP she serves on the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research (FDIIR) and Judicial Boards. Additionally, she is a member of Safe Zone. She is currently serving as chairperson of a Reflective Practice Teaching Circle entitled Belonging, Learning, and Exploring New Directions (BLEND). Starting in fall 2013, BLEND will provide women and faculty of color hired at IUP with access to a network of colleagues from a range of disciplines who can provide advice on instructional issues, career advancement, publishing, and social networking.
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