Prof. Otunga holds PhD in Curriculum Studies (Moi), M.Ed (Kenyatta) and B.Ed (UoN). She is a Moi University Professor of Education (Curriculum Studies) since 2009, delivered an Inaugural Lecture in August, 2010 entitled: The Dilemma of Curriculum Relevance in Kenya. She joined Moi University as a tutorial fellow (1988) and moved through the ranks to lecturer (1988-90), senior lecturer (1999-2004) and Associate Professor (2004-2009). She started her teaching career as a graduate teacher at high school and lecturer in teacher colleges (1980-88).
Prof. Otunga has served in university system as HoD, Dean School of Education, Deputy Principal (Academic & Students’ Affairs) - Chepkoilel University College and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Students’ Affairs) - University of Eldoret (2013-). She has over the years, attended trainings in Higher Education leadership by Association for Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
Prof. Otunga has taught and examined at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised and examined over 100 graduate students’ research. Has published four university-level books and a motivational autobiography, book chapters and refereed journal articles, attended workshops/conferences and presented papers on Education, SME and Gender. She has won research grants and served as a research team leader and study abroad programmes on IUPUI-Moi University Partnership. She has done consultancies at national and international levels and reviewed for international social science journals. She is a beneficiary of the first scholar exchange programme to Makerere University on DAAD through IUCEA. She has been a peer reviewer and quality auditor for Commission for University Education and Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) key expert on East African Higher Education Quality Assurance (EAHEQA).
Prof. Otunga has served as a curriculum expert for the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building (RUFORUM) and the first Chairperson, Regional Academic Advisory Board for PhD (Aquaculture and Fisheries) Programme under the African Centres of Excellence II (ACE II) with focal point at LUANAR, Malawi. She has also served as one of the Vice-Presidents of OSSREA, participated in UNESCO-IIEP Gender Equality in Education and member, Association of African Women for Research & Development (AAWORD).