Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, Visiting Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at Duquesne University, has been voted president-elect of the American Education Research Association (AERA), and will serve as president-elect for one year and assume presidency at the close of the AERA 2011 annual meeting.Ball has served AERA in many leadership roles and currently is vice president of Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education. She also serves on the AERA Council and Executive Committee, the association’s legislative and policy-determining body. Recently elected a Fellow of the organization, Ball has been an active member since 1990. She also has served on the publications, telecommunications and Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award committees, on editorials boards, and as a mentor, among other positions.
The AERA is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education.
Among her professional accomplishments, Ball received the 2009 Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in recognition of her contributions to the development of the professional community and the council. She has been a Spencer Foundation Residential Fellow, past president of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, former Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Summer Fellow, trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation, and has held leadership roles in NCTE, National Society for the Study of Education and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Ball, who also is a professor at Stanford University, centers her research on the writing and writing instruction of culturally and linguistically diverse students, the preparation of teachers to teach diverse student populations, and linking sociocultural and linguistic theory with educational practice in her U.S. and South African work.
She has co-taught courses in the teacher education program at Johannesburg College of Education, taught at the University of Cape Town and lectured at numerous universities, including Northwest University, the University of Zululand and the University of Botswana. Ball also has served as an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Services Program in South Africa.