Team UTA


Dr. Emilio Rodriguez Ponce

Rector, Universidad de Tarapacá.

Is a Professor at Institute for Advanced Studies in Universidad de Tarapacá. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management Sciences- Universidad Complutense de Madrid; and a Ph.D. in Education- Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. His research is related to higher education, leadership and knowledge management. Currently is the Executive Vice President at Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas.He received the Award as the academic of the year 2009 by the Association of Faculties of Administration and Economics of Chile. He is an Illustrious Son of the city of San Marcos de Arica. Member of the regional chapter of the Academic of Social, Political and Moral Sciences.He has been President of the Comisión Nacional de Acreditación; Vice President of the Association of Regional Universities of Chile; Director of Strategic Studies of the Consorcio de Universidades del Estado de Chile; Vice President of CRISCOS.”


Jenniffer Peralta Montecinos, Ph.D.

UTA Vicerrectora Académica

Psychologist, MBA, and Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Behavior from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. She holds a Diploma in Leadership and Public Management from the School of Politics and High Government of the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset.

Dr. Peralta is currently the Academic Vice-Rector of the Universidad de Tarapacá and an associate professor of the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences since 2000. As a management team member, she has led the design and implementation of policies, programs, and projects of equity, inclusion, mental health, and university quality, developing research in this field.

Dr. Peralta is a Member of the SCP Scientific Society of Psychology and The Chilean Network of Researchers. Founder of the Chilean Society of Psychology of Work and Organizations SCHIPTO AG.


Dra. Carmen Araneda Guirriman

Carmen Araneda Guirriman is an associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad de Tarapacá. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the  Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and is a sociologist with a master’s degree in social science research from the Universidad de Concepción. Her research interests are gender equality in higher education, focusing on women’s academic careers, women’s academics in leadership positions, and full professor, focusing on practices that support and limit women’s full participation in faculty careers. In addition, she is the principal investigator of the Fondecyt Regular project 1201517: “Mujeres en las altas jerarquías universitarias: percepciones de su trayectoria y experiencia académica a partir de sus propias voces”.


Dr. Rodrigo Ferrer Urbina

Director General de Investigación e Innovación, Universidad de Tarapacá.

Rodrigo Ferrer Urbina is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research & Innovation at the University of Tarapacá. PhD and Master in Methodology of Health and Behavioral Sciences (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Master in Social Psychology (Universidad de Tarapacá), Bachelor in Psychology and Psychologist (Universidad de Tarapacá). For more than 13 years he has been teaching in the areas of research methodologies, psychometry, data analysis, among others. He conducts research in the areas of clinical significance, quality of life, immigration, psychometry, sexual risk behaviors and misinformation in the field of health. He has more than 40 papers published in WOS/SCOPUS indexed journals, has led and participated in several national research projects (FONDECYT, ANID, Chile) and currently leads the FONDECYT Regular 1220664 project “The role of heuristic and deliberative information processing, receptivity and naive skepticism in the susceptibility to misinformation in the field of health”.


Dr. Francisco Ganga Contreras

Francisco Ganga-Contreras, is a Professor of the Faculty of Education at the Universidad de Tarapacá-Chile. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Austral de Chile and a PhD in Strategic Management and International Business from the University of Seville-Spain. His research areas are related to higher education, specifically university government and governance. He is Founder of the Ibero-American Congress of Research on University Governance and Educational Institutions ( and Academic Director of the Inter-University Institute of Educational Research of Chile (IESED-Chile).


Dra. Roxana Chiappa Baros

Roxana Chiappa is an assistant professor at the University of Tarapacá. She obtained her PhD in higher education at the University of Washington, Seattle (2019), with a dissertation that explored the effects of social class of origin in the career of academics with doctorate holders in Chile. Her research agenda addresses the question of how historical and structural inequalities get reproduced in the scientific and higher education systems of countries, higher education institutions, and societal groups. Roxana is the principal investigator of a postdoctoral grant (FONDECYT) on the production and reproduction of academic elites in the fields of economics, law and industrial engineering. She is an associate researcher at Rhodes University (South Africa) and adjunct researcher at the Center for the Study of the Conflict and Cohesion (linked to different Chilean universities). She is also an associate researcher of the Center for Innovation and Research of Graduate Education at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA).


Dr. Julio Labraña Vargas

Julio Labraña is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the Universidad de Tarapacá. He is a sociologist with a Master’s in Systemic Analysis applied to Society from Universidad de Chile and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Universität Witten/Herdecke. Currently, he is the Institutional Quality Director of Universidad de Tarapacá, wherein he prompts the design and establishment of an integral system of quality enhancement. He conducts research on higher education from a sociological perspective and especially on the organizational changes within state universities. He is the responsible researcher in the FONDECYT INI 11200429, “Tensions in state university governance, an organizational change approach”, and co-responsible researcher in the FONDECYT REGULAR 1221758 “Quality and Academic Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities Faculties: Organizational Tensions in the Evaluative Context of Academic Capitalism”. Furthermore, he is an Associated Researcher at the Interuniversity Institute on Educational Research (IESED-CHILE).


Dr. Óscar Espinoza Díaz

Óscar Espinoza Díaz is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Education and Humanities of the University of Tarapacá. PhD in Education Policy, Planning and Evaluation from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has worked in projects and consultancies funded by various international agencies and institutions (including USAID, UNESCO, World Bank, UNDP, Ford Foundation, Equitas Foundation, Universia, Organization of Iberoamerican States), and national institutions in the field of higher education on issues related to access, equity, social mobility, quality assurance, planning, management and public policies. He currently collaborates as an expert and is a member, among others, of the following scientific networks: Red Iberoamericana de Indicadores de Educación Superior (Red IndicES), Red Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT), Red Latinoamericana de Epistemología en Políticas Educativas (RELEPE), and Red de Investigadores de Europa y América Latina en Políticas Educativas (RIAIPE).  Author of numerous publications, including: 12 books, 70 book chapters and 120 papers.


Dra. Carolina Guzmán Valenzuela

Carolina Guzmán-Valenzuela is a Full Professor of Higher Education at the Universidad de Tarapacá. She is also a senior researcher of the Millennium Nucleus Experiences of Students in Higher Education’ in Chile. For the last 12 years, she has been conducting research on the role of the universities in the twenty-first century. She has published widely on internationalisation, the public role of universities, the decolonisation of the curriculum and, the knowledge production in the social sciences from a geopolitical perspective. She draws especially on social theory, critical sociologies and decolonial theories in order to understand higher education systems and universities.