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Professor Alfredo Artiles has made a career of improving education and opening new avenues in learning for students across cultures as the associate dean of academic affairs and the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.
On July 1, Artiles will apply his considerable skills in a new role, that of dean of ASU’s Graduate Education . He replaces Andrew Webber, who moves to an executive director position responsible for accreditation, academic program reviews and other special assignments in the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost.
“As the No. 1 school of innovation in the U.S., ASU’s Graduate Education enables students to advance their education and engage in developing deeper knowledge,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “Professor Artiles’ collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship and experience in graduate education, professional service and 23 years of leadership as a faculty member and administrator in the U.S. and in Latin America make him uniquely suited to this position to lead our graduate student initiatives and expand ASU’s global reach.”
Artiles has authored more than 115 journal articles, books or book chapters addressing educational inequities related to the intersections of disability with sociocultural differences and advance policies, personnel preparation programs, and inclusive educational systems in multicultural contexts at the local, state, national and international levels. He is also the co-author of “Inclusive Education: Examining Equity on Five Continents,” published by Harvard Education Press.
“I am invested in the development of student participation in the practices of established scholars and practitioners; that is: to think theoretically and understand through a critical prism the grand challenges of their fields,” said Artiles.
He will also seek to empower students to create alternative formulations of the questions and priorities that guide inquiries and practices in a field, proficiently use theories and methods in research and professional endeavors, and to strategically use communication resources to disseminate the insights of professional practices and research to multiple audiences.
An ASU Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor, Artiles co-directs the Equity Alliance and is an affiliated professor with the School of Social Transformation and School of Transborder Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He co-edits the book series “Disability, Culture, and Equity” published by Teachers College Press and the International Multilingual Research Journal, established to “promote equity, access and social justice in education.”
He was named a Graduate Education Outstanding Doctoral Mentor and received the Faculty Google Award for Diversity and Inclusion in 2014. He was also the recipient of the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award in 2012 from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and made the Hispanic Business Journal’s 2011 list of “100 Influentials,” one of eight honored for their influence in academics.
Artiles is an AERA Fellow and a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
He has been an adviser to the Civil Rights Projects at Harvard University and University of California-Los Angeles, the National Academy of Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and numerous projects housed at universities in the U.S., Europe and Latin America. In 2011, Artiles was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Artiles received his Licenciatura in educational and clinical psychology from Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala, followed by his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.