Mokhtari is the Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor of Education at The University of Texas at Tyler School of Education.
The association recognized him, along with co-editors Drs. Joyce Nutta and Carine Strebel, for their work on the 2012 book, “Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learners: A Practical Guide for Teacher Educators.”
The award recognizes books that have made a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation, according to the news release.
Dr. Ross Sherman, of UT Tyler, said that educators need the tools to help them meet the needs of English-language learners, and this book will help.
Mokhtari, who came to UT Tyler in 2011, has a doctorate in applied linguistics, cognitive psychology and curriculum and instruction with a specialization in reading from Ohio University, according to a university news release.
His research focuses on language and literacy acquisition by first- and second-language learners with an emphasis on children, adolescents and adults who can read but find it difficult to understand what they read, according to the news release.