Associate Professor Malpo

Associate Professor Malpo


Ph. D. (March, 1999-July, 2003), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Thesis: “Gender and School Leadership in the PNG Public School System” (NZODA).

M.Ed. (1994), University of Ohio, Athens, USA. Specializing in Educational Planning and Development, Organizational Theory, Educational Management & Gender, and School Counselling. (FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP)

B.Ed. (1990), University of Papua New Guinea. Educational Leadership & Management, Comparative Education, Principalship, Public Administration and Social Planning.

Advanced Training in Educational Planning and Management at UNESCO-IIEP, Paris France, from February-April 2009. Focused on: Education Budgets, Planning & Managing Human Resources, Education sector Programmes and Education Projects (JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIP)

Early Childhood Education Training at UNE, Armidale, NSW July, 2009. (AUST. AWARDS) 

Areas of teaching

Educational Leadership and Governance
Human Resource Management
Gender, Leadership & Governance
Educational & Strategic Planning
Action Research in Education
Organizational Behaviours in Education


The University of Goroka
P.O Box 1078
GOROKA 441, Eastern Highlands Province
Papua New Guinea
Phone: (+675) 531 1912


Assoc. Prof. Kelep-Malpo served as a Secondary School Administrator for 17 years prior to taking up teaching and administrative duties at the University of Goroka where she served from lecturer level to her current level at Associate Professor. She headed a large department in the School of Education and was the Executive Dean of the School of Education for 8 years. She has taught overseas at the East-West Center, Hawaii, US in 2014 on Gender & Leadership, a program she headed.
She has conducted national research projects by the PNG National Department of Education and the GoPNG, e.g. Reviewing of the OBE Curriculum in 2013 & National Technical Advisory Group to Review the PNG Teaching Service Act in 2009-2010.
She headed an Audit Team in Nov. 2015 which conducted a SWOT analysis on St Peter Chanel Secondary Teachers College, Ulapia ENBP, to elevate its status to an Institute of Teacher Education. 
She is a current member of the Technical Working Team (TWT) established in Nov. 2015 by DHERST & NIP Provincial Govt. for the Proposed New Ireland University.

Research Interest/Background


Kelep-Malpo. K, D. (2012). Human Resource Management in Schools. Distance and Flexible learning (DFL). Goroka: University of Goroka

Kelep-Malpo, K.D. (2011) “Strategic Management & Leadership for School Managers in the South West Pacific. Port Moresby: UPNG Press (jointly with Sterling Publishers, India).

Kelep-Malpo, K.D. (2009). Gender Equity at the WorkPlace: A Recipe for Smart Organizations with a Purpose in Papua New Guinea”. Goroka.: KIM.

LeFanu, G & Kelep-Malpo, K. (2015). Inclusive Education Practices in Papua New Guinea. In M. Crossley, G. Hancock, and T. Sprague (Eds.) Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (pp. 219-242) London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Kelep-Malpo, K. (2011) Gender Equity, School Leadership and National Development in the Commonwealth context In J. MacBeath and M. Younger (Eds).,A Common Wealth of Learning -Millennium Development Goals Revisited: A Common Wealth of Learning (pp.139-150) London: Routledge.

Kukari, A., Paraide, P., Kelep-Malpo, K., Mugup, S., and Pes, W. (2012a). Teachers’ Perspectives of Teacher Appointment in the East Sepik Province. NRI Discussion Paper No.133. Waigani: The National Research Institute.

Kukari, A., Paraide, P., Kelep-Malpo, K., Mugup, S., and Pes, W. (2011). Appointment of Teachers to Teaching Positions. Spotlight, 5(1),1-4..