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Arnetha Ball
Professor of Education
Faculty Research Fellow, 2014-15

Arnetha F. Ball is a Professor of Education at Stanford University in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education, and Educational Linguistics.  She is the Past-President of the American Educational Research Association, Past-Director of the Program in African and African American Studies at Stanford, and Co-Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (CREAL).  Her research interests focus on language and literacy studies of culturally and linguistically diverse populations in the U.S. and South Africa and the preparation of teachers to work with diverse student populations.  She uses sociocultural, sociolinguistic, and ethnographic approaches to investigate ways in which semiotic systems in general, and oral and written language in particular, serve as mediating tools in teaching/learning in multicultural and multilingual settings and in the processes of teacher change and development.  Winner of the 2009 AERA Palmer O. Johnson Award and author/co-author of six books and numerous articles, Ball is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and has served as an Academic Specialist for the USIS Program in South Africa, trustee of the Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English, and was the Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Visiting Professor in Urban Education.  She holds a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Building on her Model of Generative Change (2009), as a Clayman Fellow Professor Ball will propose new directions for preparing teacher-leaders who possess the skills, dispositions and knowledge needed to work successfully with marginalized and disenfranchised students across national boundaries.

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