Jorge F. Figueroa, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research, Inclusion & Innovation, College of Professional Education

Associate Professor of Bilingual & ESL Education, Department of Teacher Education

Teacher Education

Jorge F. Figueroa, Ph.D.

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Jorge F. Figueroa, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean of Research, Inclusion, and Innovation for the College of Professional Education at Texas Woman's University. He is an Associate Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Affiliate Faculty to the Department of Literacy and Learning. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, he had trained pre-service and in-service teachers in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, Spain, and the United States. His research area focuses on the intersection between emergent technologies,second language acquisition, and cultures, with particular emphasis on augmented and virtual reality. His research has appeared in Educación XX1, INNOEDUCA, Expert Systems, Digital Education Review, European Researcher, International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, among others. He is a Senior Fellow of the New Leadership Academy and an active member of the Cátedra ESCALAE at Universidad de Málaga in Spain. Dr. Figueroa directs COPE's International Education Partnerships and the COPE Emerging Leaders Program, and co-directs the Masters program in Multilingual and Multicultural Studies. He is the faculty advisor of the TWU Bilingual and ESL Education Student Organization (BESO).


Ph.D., Professional Studies in Education, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
M.A., TESOL and Bilingual Education, The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio
B.A., Social Sciences, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Cayey, Cayey, PR


Teacher Education; ESL Education; Bilingual Education; Instructional Technologies; Culturally Relevant Education; Critical Pedagogy.

Latest Articles

Engaging High School Students in the Language Classroom with Virtual Reality Field Trips
TexELT Journal (2021)
Yismelle Duran, Jorge F Figueroa

Augmented Reality for ESL/EFL and Bilingual Education: An International Comparison
Educación XXI (2021)
Cristina Huertas, Jorge F Figueroa, Maria Elena Gomez-Parra, Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Lisa Huffman

Infusing Augmented Reality in Bilingual and ESL Education: Perceptions from pre-service teachers
International Journal of Technology and Educational Innovation (2021)
Jorge F Figueroa, Lisa Huffman, Emarely Rosa-Dávila

Integrating AR and VR in Teacher Education: What pre-service teachers perceive?
Frontiers in Education Technology (2020)
Jorge F Figueroa, Lisa Huffman

The Hidden Repercussions of Microaggressions on Individuals in Higher Education
Journal of Mental Health and Social Behavior (2020)
Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Marta Mercado-Sierra, Daniela Castillo-Vazquez, Jorge F Figueroa

The Time Is Now: Modeling the Tenets of Critical Pedagogy for Our Future Teachers at Hispanic Serving Institutions
Education, Language, and Sociology Research (2020)
Aimee Courville-Myers, Jorge F Figueroa

Educators Perspectives on Integrating Social Media to the ESL Classroom
World Journal of Educational Research (2019)
Jorge F Figueroa, Emarely Rosa-Dávila

¿Inclusividad en las herramientas Web 2.0?
Educação & Sociedade (2018)
Verónica Marín-Díaz, Begoña Esther Sampedo-Requena, Jorge F Figueroa

The Perceptions of Early Childhood Educators Regarding the Uses of the Interactive Whiteboard
International Journal of Environmental & Science Education (2017)
Jorge F Figueroa, Veronica Marin, Carmen Varo

An Adaptive Hypermedia Model Based on Student's Lexicon
Expert Systems (2017)
Pedro Salcedo, M. Angelica Pinninghoff, Ricardo Contreras, Jorge F Figueroa

Gamification and Game-Based Learning: Two Strategies for the 21st Century Learner
World Journal of Educational Research (2016)
Jorge F Figueroa

Using Gamification to Enhance Second Language Learning
Digital Education Review (2015)
Jorge F Figueroa

Using the Web 2.0 to Enhance the Teaching and Learning Experience in the ESL Classroom
Revista Educação, Cultura e Sociedade (2015)
Jorge F Figueroa


Bridging the Language Gap with Emergent Technologies
in International Approaches to Bridging the Language Gap | IGI Global (2020)
Jorge F Figueroa

Pioneering Frontiers: Dual Language Education in Texas
in Languages and Cultures in Multilingual and Multicultural Education | UCo Press (2019)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Mary Amanda Stewart, Jorge F Figueroa

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Bilingual Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM)
  • International TESOL
  • National Association of Bilingual Education
  • National Association of Student Professionals Administrators (NASPA)
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Texas Association of Bilingual Education (TABE)
  • Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TexTESOL)
  • Textbook and Academic Authors Association

Honors & Awards

  • COPE Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University (2021)
  • Higher Education Award, Bilingual and ESL Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM) (2021)
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year, RedBud Leadership Awards, Texas Woman's University (2020)
  • COPE Ambassador Award, College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University (2019)
  • Student Retention Faculty Award, Universidad del Este (2016)