UW–Madison’s L. J. Randolph Jr. was recently elected to the board of directors of ACTFL. He will serve as the organization’s president-elect in 2023 and president in 2024.
Randolph is an assistant professor of world language education with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A former high school Spanish and ESL teacher, Randolph is an advocate for equitable, accessible, and transformative language education. His research and teaching focus on various critical issues in language education, including teaching Spanish to heritage and native speakers, incorporating justice-oriented and anti-colonial pedagogies, and centering Blackness and Indigenousness.
One main focus of Randolph’s research centers around the question of how language learning can be an inclusive and liberating experience for students from minoritized and marginalized linguistic and racial identities.
ACTFL was originally founded in 1967 as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and today is a national organization for language professionals with over 13,000 members. Its mission is to “provide vision, leadership, and support for quality teaching and learning of languages.”
Learn more about ACTFL’s new board members.