Deborah L. Ball
B.A., Michigan State University, 1976
M.A., Michigan State University, 1982
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1988
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to fifth grade students every summer as the core of the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory.
Ball's research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction, and on the improvement of teacher training and development. She is an expert on teacher education, with a particular interest in how professional training and experience combine to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for responsible practice. Her work is informed by strong links both to the arts and sciences and to professional preparation in other domains.
Ball has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the National Board for Education Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Mathematics Society and of the American Educational Research Association, and an elected member of the National Academy of Education. Ball also serves on a number of boards, including as a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and as chair of the Spencer Foundation board.
Ball was appointed to the Board in 2013.