Juan Ríos Vega

Juan Ríos Vega

Associate Professor

    Westlake Hall 236
    (309) 677-3693


Ph.D., Philosophy in Educational Studies, Cultural Studies Concentration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Curriculum and Teaching with Emphasis in ESL from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A.’s, English and Education from University of Panama


I started my teaching journey in Panama in the mid 90s. In 1999, I moved to North Carolina as an exchange teacher to teach multilingual learners in middle and high school. I taught in North Carolina public schools from 1999-2012. Additionally, I taught immigrant and refugees at a local community college in North Carolina for over four years. Before moving to Bradley in Spring 2016, I became an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University and Davidson College in Fall 2016. I have been a professor at Bradley for over six years (2016-2022).


  • Effective Planning and Instruction for Middle/High School Teaching (ETE216);
  • Human Development Field Experience (ETE219); 
  • Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities (ETE:280);
  • Language Development (ETE:234); Methods for Teaching ESL (ETE:235);
  • Assessment Methods for ESL Students (ETE;236);
  • ESL Practicum I, II, and III (ETE:237, ETE:238, ETE:239)Content Reading (ETE:368)
  • Student Teacher Supervision (ETE:499) Critical Foundations in Literacy Instruction (ETE:630)
  • Topics in Education (ETE:650)
  • Schooling in a Diverse World (ETE:663)

Teaching philosophy
Critical education is a practice of freedom, an act of love ethics, and social justice.

What I love about teaching
I love seeing our pre-service teachers becoming caring and passionate individuals who will make a positive impact on their future students, communities, and society.


Critical race theory, Latinx theory, Social Justice Education, Queers of Color (QOC) theories, Transnational Queer/Cuir Studies.


University (Bradley University)

  • Serve as a member of the search committee for the Assistant Director-Office of Diversity and Inclusion position 2019
  • Serve as a member of the Bradley Advising Task Force 2019
  • Serve as member of CTEL Advisory Board 2018-present
  • Serve as advisor for Alpha Psi Lambda 2018-present
  • Served as book club leader in Fall 2018 
  • Serve as a member of the Senate Committee on Continuing Education 2017-present
  • Serve as a member of the Core Curriculum Committee 2016-present
  • Serve as a member of Hispanic Heritage Month Committee 2016-present


  • Serve as a member of the Internationalization Committee 2019 
  • Served as member on Elections Committee 2018
  • Served as member on Dean’s Third Year Review Committee 2018
  • Serve as advisor for BSEA 2018-present 


  • Serve as chair ESL Committee 2017-present
  • Serve as chair Library Committee 2018-present
  • Serve as a member of Sunshine Committee 2017-present
  • Serve as a member of the Clinical Committee 2016-present
  • Serve as a member of the NCTE SPA Committee 2018-present 
  • Serve as a member of the Middle School/High School Curriculum Committee/TPPAC 2016-present 
  • Served as member of Literacy Around the World Event 2016, 2018


  • Served as a dissertation award reviewer for Bilingual SIG-AESA 2019. 
  • Serve as peer reviewer of GiST Education and Learning Research Journal-Colombia 2018-present 
  • Serve as treasurer of Jotería Studies Association. 2017-present 
  • Member of the Hospitality Committee. Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) Annual Conference. 2017
  • Serve as co-chair of membership and newsletter for AERA SIG-Queer. 2017-present 
  • Served as Conference Program Reviewer. American Educational Studies Association (AESA). 2011-2017
  • Serve as a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. 2009-present
  • Serve as faculty affiliate. Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES). The University of Texas at Austin.

Public Outreach

  • Guest speaker at Alpha Park Public Library. Peoria, Illinois. March 2020.
  • Guest speaker at Chillicothe Public Library. Chillicothe, Illinois. March 2020. 
  • Guest speaker at Knoxville Center for Student Success. Peoria, Illinois. August 12, 2019
  • Guest speaker at ESL Parents Night in Peoria City Schools 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer. PNC Bank 2018, 2019
  • Co-Sponsored Literacy Around the World. Bradley University 2017, 2018
  • Volunteered at Heart of Illinois United Way 2017, 2018, 2019

Licensures and Certifications

  • Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate                          2014
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • School Principal Licensure – Grades K-12                                         2014
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • National Board Certification in English as a New Language            2009
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro