2021 Keynote Speaker
L. J. Randolph Jr., Ed.D., is an associate professor of Spanish and Education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He is also the associate chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and coordinator of the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program. L. J.’s teaching career has spanned 17 years, including a decade as a Spanish and ESOL teacher at the secondary level. At the university level, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, contemporary Latina/o/x cultures, and second language teaching methods. An avid traveler and strong proponent of study abroad, L. J. has directed study abroad opportunities in China, Mexico, Spain, and the Dominican Republic for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students.
L. J.’s research, publications, and professional engagement have focused on a variety of critical issues in language education, including the teaching of Spanish to heritage and native speakers and the incorporation of social justice-oriented pedagogies in the language classroom. In addition, throughout his career he has served in leadership roles in various language organizations, including president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), coordinator of the Cape Fear Foreign Language Collaborative (CFFLC), was the inaugural vice-chair of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) special interest group for Critical and Social Justice approaches, and currently serves on the ACTFL Board of Directors.
L. J. currently resides in southeastern North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Davida) and their four-year-old daughter (Vada), watching and reading works of the horror and science-fiction genres, running, traveling, and engaging with his church and community. In addition, L. J. continues to be a lifelong language learner and is currently trying his hand at Japanese!