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About Crystal Machado

Dr. Crystal Machado is an associate 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 through her teaching, research, and service. As an instructor, she models culturally responsive practices and critical pedagogy. Broadly speaking, her research revolves around organizational learning and empowerment. More specifically, she is interested in creating multicultural learning environments which 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.

Crystal 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 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). BLEND provides 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.


Present Coordinator, Master’s in Education (Indiana and Monroeville), Indiana University of Pennsylvania Professional Studies in Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Reflective Practice Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Awarded to Fu, Y and Machado, C., Technology to Support Interdisciplinary and International Collaborations, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) IUP, $500, 2016.
  • Merit Award for Research and Scholarship, IUP, Spring 2012, 2013, 2016.
  • Reflective Practice Active-Plus Awards: Center for Teaching Excellence, IUP, Spring 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • Pedagogical Research Award, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) IUP, $500, April 23, 2015.
  • Creating a Climate of Peer-Mentoring, Exploration, and Scholarship at IUP, IUP’s President’s Cabinet, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, $5000, April 22, 2015.
  • Reflective Practice Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Awarded to Six Faculty, Teaching with Mobile Devices: Cross-Disciplinary Exploration at IUP, IUP, for purchase of software/hardware, $330.87, 2014.
  • Editor’s Choice Award, 2014 for outstanding performance as reviewer, Awarded by the Journal of International Students, Arkansas State University.
  • APSCUF Grant to Support IUP’s BLEND New Faculty Mentoring Program, IUP, $4,900, Spring 2014.
  • Reflective Practice Teaching Circle Mini-Grant Awarded to Four Faculty, Using Tablet Technology for Teaching and Learning at IUP, IUP, for Travel to buy Applications, $200, October, 2013.
  • IUP Centers and Institutes Award for BLEND Faculty Mentoring Project, Application Coauthored with Veronica Watson, IUP, $1000, Spring 2013.


2008 Ed.D.,, Arkansas State University ‐ Educational Leadership
1998 M.Ed., Notre Dame Institute of Education/Australian Catholic University ‐ Primary Education
1997 M.Ed., Karachi University ‐ School Administration
1993 B.Ed., Karachi University ‐ Education
1990 B.Com., Government College of Commerce and Economics ‐ Business

Peer Reviewed Journals (7)

Peer-Reviewed Handbooks, Book Chapters and Books (5)