Graduate College

As the spring semester draws to a close, I’m thinking about transitions and transformations that impacted graduate students, faculty and programs. Transitions can be challenging, whether it’s graduating or saying good-bye to a valued colleague, but only through transition will you reach transformation.

Commencement is coming up on May 8th and many of you will be leaving us for wider horizons. The latest U.S. News & World Report rank many of Arizona State University’s graduate programs among the nation’s best. I am confident that your graduate experience here has provided you with the knowledge, resources and networks that will enable you to continue your innovative work and contribute to society. We wish you the best and I know we will stay in touch as you join our growing family of ASU alumni. Our future depends on you!

The recent turbulence in US immigration policy has left our international students and partners in a state of uncertainty. I want to ensure you that the ASU Graduate College’s mission remains and we will continue to provide support to our international students and facilitate relationships with international institutions in joint academic pursuits. ASU is working hard to make sense of the latest information and has released a new website, which houses resources and FAQs for anyone with immigration–related questions. Please visit

As I reflect on the past few months since I started in this position, I recognize there have been a lot of changes at the Graduate College. We have made investments to strengthen our services and supports for graduate students at ASU in areas such as research advancement, in-house technology support, analytics, communications, and international partnerships. We are currently seeking to fill two senior administration positions, associate dean of academic affairs and associate dean of graduate initiatives.

Another big change for the Graduate College will come on June 30th, when Professor Eric Wertheimer will step down as associate dean. I would like to thank him for his substantial contributions to graduate education. Over the past five years Eric has been instrumental in driving our college’s academic initiatives. He’s also the principal investigator on several key sponsored projects such as the Luce Foundation grant, supporting American Studies in China, and co-principal investigator on Connected Academics, a Mellon Foundation sponsored grant. Eric will continue to provide intellectual leadership and remain involved in these projects after he steps down from his position in the Graduate College. He will join the faculty in the English Department. We are grateful to Eric for the impact of his work, his friendship and the legacy of his intellectual contributions to graduate education.

Enjoy this issue of the Graduate Insider, and know that we remain deeply committed to quality, access and equity in graduate interdisciplinary programs.

Alfredo J. Artiles
Dean, Graduate College