Dr. Raúl Alberto Mora is at present an Assistant Professor in the School Education and Pedagogy Graduate Program at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), in Medellín, Colombiam where he also coordinates the MA in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages (ML2). He is also a faculty affiliate at the PhD in Social Sciences at UPB and the PhD in Education at Universidad Distrital in Bogotá. Dr. Mora’s current teaching duties include preservice language courses and graduate-level seminars on research and literacies in second language contexts. He holds a PhD in Language and Literacy and an MA in Teacher Education, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a Fulbright Scholar and belongs to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
He has written peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on issues of language teaching, literacy, and qualitative research. He has presented conference papers (both on site and virtually) and has participated as plenary speaker in Colombia, Argentina, Spain, India, Vietnam, the United States, and Russia. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at different universities in Colombia and Spain. He is at present an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, where he also serves as Editor for the Advocacy/Policy Department section. Other editorial duties include the International Review Board for the HETL Review and the Editorial Boards for PROFILE and HOW Journals in Colombia. Dr. Mora also sits on the Advisory Committee for the Colombian Fulbright Commission and has been an educational adviser for the Colombian Ministry of Education.
His research work features membership in the Language and Culture Research Group at UPB and the Teacher Education Research Group at Universidad Distrital. He also chairs the Student Research Group on Second Language (SRG-L2) at UPB. A qualitative researcher by choice and training, he has specialized in the education of novice researchers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Most of his research includes ethnographic approaches and action research, interspersed with elements of case study research, narrative inquiry, and discourse analysis.
His current research agenda covers the fields of alternative literacies, critical discourse analysis, world languages, socio-cultural theory, and issues of bilingualism and multiculturalism. His research on literacies include the analysis of English literacies in urban spaces of Medellín, Colombia, the description of English literacies in virtual gaming communities in the city, and the development of frameworks to discuss the evolution of the notion of literacy in languages other than English. His work on world languages includes the development of conceptual frameworks that defy the traditional binary of second/foreign language and respond to the language ecologies present in today’s world. Recent studies on critical discourse have analyzed the social imaginaries of teachers in advertisements for online courses and the idea of the trickster in Colombian comedy. His most recent work on Socio-cultural theory has analyzed media and the situation of teacher education in Colombia through the use of Pierre Bourdieu’s social frameworks. Finally, his work on bilingualism and multiculturalism (most of it in tandem with his wife, Dr. Polina Golovátina-Mora) intends to look at the multiple dimensions of bilingualism to give it a stronger social dimension.