Dr. Jorge Enrique Delgado was born in Bogota, Colombia. He graduated as a dentist in 1989 from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana where he was also a faculty member from 1990 to 2005 until he emigrated to the United States. During his tenure as professor at Javeriana, he was a member of the Department of Research and Education at the Dental School, where he was in charge of professional development of fellow university professors (mainly dentists, but also physicians, accountants, lawyers, and engineers working in other departments/schools); teaching research-related courses; managing institutional, post-doctoral, and predoctoral research; evaluation and assessment processes; program and institutional accreditation; and publishing the school’s scientific journal. Besides research methods, he used to teach courses in Dental Public Health and Preventive Dentistry. From the beginning of his professional life, he found his vocation in teaching and conducting research. He obtained a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in curriculum-administration and participated in a permanent Symposium on Universities conducted by one of the world’s most renowned authorities on international higher education, the late Jesuit priest Alfonso Borrero.
Jorge received his PhD degree in August 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. He complemented his PhD with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Latin American Social and Public Policy. During his time as a doctoral student, he created a series of lectures called “International Education Brown Bags” (IEBBs) where students from Education and other Pitt Schools found a forum to share their experiences and research in international education. In several cases, the IEBBs were the first opportunity for students to do presentations in public and continued being managed by the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) for a while. He also created an initiative called “Academic Career Planning” that organized workshops to orient students on how be better prepared for academic and non-academic jobs. He also served as student representative to the School of Education Council and was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow between 2007 and 2010.
Regarding his research, Jorge has traveled to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela to study the communication of knowledge and the development of research in Iberic-American higher education systems. A good part of his research looks at the qualitative and quantitative development of scientific/scholarly journals from a comparative perspective. Most of the journals are published by university academic units in Latin America. His case-study research has allowed him to qualitatively analyze the relation of journal growth with factors such higher education systems/reform, science and technology policy, institutional policy, faculty development, university research trends, and communication of knowledge in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin America. The title of his dissertation is, “Journal Publication in Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela: University Responses to Global, Regional, and National Pressures and Trends." In 2015, Jorge’s first coedited book, Private Universities in Latin America: Research and Innovation in the Knowledge Economy, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Currently, Jorge is an instructor with the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, affiliated core faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies, and program coordinator in charge of the alumni network and mapping international education for the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate courses mainly on Social Foundations of Education and Latin American public policy, and higher education. Between 2012 and 2013, he was the Associate Director of IISE. In addition, between 2010 and 2013, he taught at Drexel University's Global and International Education master's program. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Director of Editing Services at a start-up company.
Jorge has served as the Co-chairperson of the Higher Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society (http://www.cies.us/, http://www.higheredsig.org/) (2014-2017), Secretary of the Communication of Research SIG of the American Education Research Association (http://aera-cr.asu.edu/), and Secretary/Treasurer and Co-chairperson of the Education and Education Policy Section of the Latin American Studies Association (2016-present) (https://sections.lasaweb.org/sections/educacion-politicaseducativas/).
His hobbies include singing and playing the guitar with his Latin band BÉSAME that released in 2010 its first CD titled “Primer Beso” (First Kiss), singing with the Latin band Gavas Beat, and publishing a refereed dental journal in Spanish, Universitas Odontologica.