National Academy of Education welcomes Alfredo Artiles


Meghan Krein

Yesterday Alfredo J. Artiles, dean of ASU’s Graduate College and Ryan C. Harris Memorial Endowed Professor of Special Education, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education. Artiles joins Regents Professor Emeritus and Research Professor David Berliner; Michelene Chi, Regents' Professor and Dorothy Bray Professor of Science and Teaching; James Gee, Regents Professor and Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Chair in Literacy Studies and Gene Glass, Regents Professor Emeritus.

The NAEd, which was founded in 1965, advances high-quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Members undertake research studies to address pressing educational issues and administer professional development fellowship programs that focus on preparing the next generation of education scholars.  

Artiles is one of 16 scholars welcomed into the academy this year. Nominations are submitted by Academy members once a year for review and election by the organization’s membership. “This diverse group of scholars is being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to education research and policy. These leaders are at the forefront of those helping to improve the lives of students in the United States and abroad,” President of the NAEd, Gloria Ladson-Billings said. An induction ceremony for this year's new members will be held during the 2019 NAEd Annual Meeting Dinner in November. 

"I'm deeply honored by this recognition. The NAEd plays a critical role in the education field. In addition to the significant impact of its members' scholarly work, the Academy has produced reports, analyses and studies that have changed policy, research and practice in education. The NAEd has had a transformational influence on the development and mentoring of generations of education scholars. I'm grateful for the privilege to join this distinguished community and look forward to contributing to its mission," says Artiles.

Artiles joined ASU in 2004. His scholarship focuses on understanding and addressing educational inequities related to the intersections of disability with other sociocultural differences. He aims to advance policies, personnel preparation programs and inclusive educational systems in diverse contexts. In his 30-year career, Artiles has addressed these issues in the U.S., Latin America, Africa and Europe. Some of this work was reported in his book (with E. Kozleski and F. Waitoller) Inclusive education: Examining equity on five continents. Artiles has authored and co-authored over 130 publications including, The SAGE Handbook on Inclusion and Diversity in Education; World Yearbook of Education 2017: Assessment Inequalities; and the 2017 National Research Council report, Fostering the Development and Educational Success of Young Language Learners and Dual Language Learners. He is the editor of the book series Disability, Culture & Equity published by Columbia University’s Teachers College Press. Artiles co-founded the federally funded National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems that assisted states to address inequities associated with disability and its intersections with other areas of diversity. He has continued to lead this work with colleagues and students through other sponsored projects, such as the Region IX Equity Assistance Center and various research and leadership training grants. Artiles served in the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (2011-2017) and was a Resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He was elected Vice President of the American Educational Research Association.