By

Erik Ketcherside

Alfredo Artiles, dean of graduate education at ASU and professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was honored with the 2017 Presidential Citation from the American Educational Research Association. Artiles is one of only three recipients selected by the president of AERA for distinguished service and significant contributions to education research.

Announcing the award, AERA President Vivian Gadsden said, “Dr. Artiles is widely known for his critical analyses of special education placement practices as a window into schools’ cultural constructions of difference. His strength of purpose and depth of intellect are reflected in his unwavering dedication to addressing questions of discrimination and difference and promoting academic excellence for equity and change.

A distinguished career

Artiles’ commitment to equity in education was also recognized in 2011 by President Barack Obama, who named him to the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The Presidential Citation is one of two AERA awards for Artiles this year. He shared the 2017 Review of Research Award with his ASU colleague Sherman Dorn, director of the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation; and their research collaborator, Aydin Bal of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Artiles, the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was named ASU’s dean of graduate education in February 2016. In 2012, he was given AERA’s Palmer O. Johnson Award for his article, “Toward an Interdisciplinary Understanding of Educational Equity and Difference: The Case of the Racialization of Ability.” That award recognizes the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of four peer-reviewed AERA journals during the prior year.

Established in 1916, AERA is the most prestigious professional organization for educational researchers.


Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College undergraduate degree programs in special education teacher preparation are ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Learn more about the BAE in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education and the BAE in Special Education and Elementary Education.