Deborah Loewenberg Ball


Member Since: 2007

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research. She currently serves as dean of the School of Education and as director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for over 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Her research focuses on the practice of teaching and teacher education, and on the improvement of teacher training and development, with a focus on mathematics instruction. Ball has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and has lectured and made numerous major presentations around the world. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education. She is a member of the National Science Board, a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and chairs the Spencer Foundation Board of Directors. Ball is an elected member of the National Academy of Education. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University.

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