Dr. Crystal Machado

Crystal MachadoProfessor
Contact Information

Office: 307 Davis
Phone: 724-357-2405
Email: cmachado@iup.edu

Personal website

Academic Qualifications

  • BCom, Business, Karachi University
  • BEd, K-12 Education, Karachi University
  • MEd, School Administration, Karachi University
  • MEd, Primary Education, Australian Catholic University
  • EdD, Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University

Academic Interests

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Creating Technology-Rich Learning Environments
  • Innovation (Pedagogy, Programs)
  • Empowerment (Students, Teachers, School Leaders)
  • Program Evaluation, Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking
  • Qualitative and Mixed Method Research


  • Community and Culture
  • Qualitative and Mixed Method Research
  • Maximizing Student Learning
  • Twenty-First-Century Teaching (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) in K-12 and Higher Education Classrooms
  • Creating Multicultural Learning Environments that Support Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice
  • Mentoring
  • Social Justice
  • Organizational Learning and Empowerment
  • Qualitative and Mixed Method Research

Personal Narrative

Crystal Machado is a professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she works with pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators. Prior to joining IUP, Crystal worked as a K-12 teacher, an administrator, and a 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's commitment to creating equitable, technology-rich learning environments, and mentoring, is reflected in her teaching, research, and service.

As an instructor, Crystal has demonstrated a commitment to creating technology-rich learning environments for K-20 students in numerous ways. This includes participation in more than 60 technology workshops to develop her technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK) skills. To increase student access to tools and training, she co-authored 11 grants; these include anEmerging Technologies Mobile Learning Award($18,651) and a co-authored National Security Association grant ($212,000). She has shared her expertise at the international level through her service as Technology Leadership SIG chair for the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education; throughreview for eight peer-reviewed journals; and through her scholarship, which has been published in prestigious journals and edited books. Her scholarship was recognized by the Center for Teaching Excellence with the Pedagogical Research award in 2015 and Merit Awards for Research and Scholarship in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2019.

Crystal models culturally responsive practices and critical pedagogy. She uses Freire's problem-posing pedagogy to promote high levels of student engagement, critical thinking, cross-cultural competence, and reflective practice. She has presented on these topics at international, national, and regional conferences. She seeks to create an inclusive environment through action internationally, nationally, and locally. At IUP she served on the Frederick Douglass Institute of Intercultural Research and Judicial Boards for eight years. She also served as a founding member and chairperson of Belonging, Learning, and Exploring New Directions (BLEND) mentoring program for women and faculty of color for four years. This program provided new faculty 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. She has also been a member of Safe Zone since 2008.

Crystal enjoys mentoring graduate and postgraduate students and novice scholars. Her curriculum vitae documents a long history of doctoral student research mentorship. She has co-authored many empirical studies with master's and doctoral students. This has led to co-authorship of journal articles, book chapters, and small grant applications. She frequently presented papers with students at international, national, regional conferences and local events. She served as Masters in Education coordinator for eight years; during this time she mentored many students. She is currently serving as Department Promotion Committee chair.