Angela Valenzuela, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), has been named a member of the National Academy of Education. This is one of the highest career honors that can be bestowed upon an education scholar. She was inducted into the Academy in November 2021.
Of the recognition, Valenzuela says, “I am deeply honored by this recognition from the National Academy of Education. Objectively, it means that I join an elite, distinguished group of scholars whose work has made large and significant impacts on the field of education. Personally, I take it to mean that my scholarly contributions to research and policy advocacy are impactful and highly valued. I couldn’t be more honored.”
Victor Saenz, chair of ELP, says, “Dr. Valenzuela’s election to the National Academy is a well-deserved recognition of an outstanding career and legacy of scholarship, leadership, and service to the field. This is a significant and well-deserved honor; she is a role model to us all.”
The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of scholarship related to education. The Academy undertakes research studies to address pressing educational issues and administers professional development fellowship programs to enhance the preparation of the next generation of education scholars.