Dr. Kristyl C. Zagala
Academic Manager

PGDipAL, GDipEdFac., MA.Ed Math, MPA, DPA,

Expertise Foci: Higher Education Quality, Mathematics, Facilitation, Learner Development
Work experience and practice
Kristyl completed her Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) and Master of Education in Teaching Mathematics (MaEd Math) at the Cebu Technological University, Cebu City, Philippines. She has also achieved a Master in Public Administration degree specialising in Airport and Government Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Arts Major in Mathematics at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines. She was a former full-time faculty member teaching mathematics subjects in the undergraduate courses at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics for more than 10 years. She holds various designation such as Collecting Officer; Campus Records Custodian; Gender and Development Coordinator, National Training Services Program Coordinator, Scholarship Selection Committee Member, Registrar Support Staff and Library Support Staff. She was also trained as an Accreditor of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities (AACCUP) in the Philippines. She has facilitated higher education, quality assurance, evaluation and research education at the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education more recently.

Kristyl also completed her Graduate Diploma in Advanced Educational Facilitation at the FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education Level 7. She has also achieved a scholarship to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Leadership Level 8 with a focus on higher education and mathematics at FREEDOM.

Research Interests/Expertise
She attended various seminars and trainings throughout the country and she had presented various research papers both in national and international fora such as: Translation as Method: From English Math to Cebuano Visayan Math presented during the International Conference last November 20-22, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Diliman; The Role of Translation in Promoting Cebuano Visayan Culture Viewed Through Multisectoral Lens presented during the National & International Research Conference 2015: NIRC 2015 last January 21-24, 2015 at Buriram Rajabhat University Buriram, Thailand; Exploring Gender And Development Best Practices:The Philsca Mactan Campus Experience presented during the 3rd National Multidisciplinary Research Conference Sur last April 27-29, 2015 at the University of Northern Philippines, Vigan City Ilocos; Aviation Education: Soaring High for K-12 Challenges and Opportunities presented during the 11th Nakem International Conference last May 23-25, 2016 at the Pangil Beach Resort Ilocos Norte, Philippines; and lastly Difficulty and Performance of Aviation Students in Translating Worded Statements into Mathematical Symbols presented during the 4th Rajabhat University National & International Research and Academic Conference last November 22-24, 2016 at the Buriram Rajabhat University Buriram, Thailand.

Her research interests include optimising and accelerating learner achievements in all subjects but especially in mathematics. Recently her research has focussed on holistic learner support and lifting learner achievements and research supervision education.
Samples of publications/research
1. Stevenson S.F. & Zagala K.C. (2021). Future Institutional and Student Services Leadership Challenges: Implementing a Holistic Whare Tapa Rima – Five-Sided Home Model. In: Huijser H., Kek M., Padró F.F. (eds) Student Support Services. University Development and Administration. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-3364-4_11-1

2. Fielden, K., Stevenson, S.F., Going, N., Grant, S., & Zagala, K. (2020). Whare Tapa Rima – The Five-Sided Home: a best practice holistic learner support model project. Ako Aotearoa Norther Hub Project Colloquium. Auckland: Ako Aotearoa.

3.Zagala, K., Ancajas, G. & Soriano, N. (2016). Difficulty and Performance of Aviation Students in Translating Worded Statements into Mathematical Symbols. วารสาร วิชาการ มหาวิทยาลัย ราชภัฏ บุรีรัมย์ มนุษยศาสตร์ และ สังคมศาสตร์, 8(พิเศษ), 97-110.