Professor of Education
F. Ball is Professor of Education at Stanford
University, where she has taught for the past eight
years. Prior to that, she taught at the University
of Michigan (1992 –1999) where she received
an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998.
research interests focus on the oral and written
literacies of culturally and linguistically diverse
populations in the United States and South Africa.
In particular, she focuses on research in writing
and writing instruction and the preparation of teachers
to work with poor, marginalized, and underachieving
students. She combines sociocultural and linguistic
theory to investigate the discourse patterns of
students in classrooms and community-based organizations
across national boundaries and provide insights
on teacher professional development and the successful
pedagogies of teachers who work effectively with
students of African descent.
research is applicable to the teaching and learning
of a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds
and has broad educational implications. It emphasizes
the importance of bridging the gap between research
on secondary and college students and the importance
of incorporating students' cultural resources into
entering the professorate, she taught pre-school,
elementary, and secondary students for over 25 years
and was the founder and Executive Director of
Children’s Creative Workshop, an early
education center that specialized in providing premiere
educational experiences for students from diverse
Ball has served as an Academic Specialist for the
United States Information Services Program in South
Africa, co-taught courses on Multiliteracies and
English Methodologies in the teacher education program
at Johannesburg College of Education, and taught
in the Further Diploma in Education Program at the
University of Cape Town. She has served on many
boards and committees in her field and has published
widely, with numerous book chapters and articles
in journals that include Linguistics and Education,
Applied Behavioral Science Review, Language Variation
and Change, and Written Communication.
Ball is one of the editors of Black Linguistics (along with Dr.
Sinfree Makoni, Dr. Geneva Smitherman, and Dr. Arthur
Spears) and co-editor of Bakhtinian Perspectives
on Language, Literacy, and Learning with Dr.
Sarah Freedman. She has two additional books, Literacies
Unleashed with Dr. Ted Lardner and her single-authored book, Multicultural Strategies for Eduation and Social Change: Carriers of the Torch in the U.S. and South Africa. Dr.
Ball also received the Richard Braddock Award with
Dr. Ted Lardner for a College Composition and
Communication’s outstanding journal article
published in 1997.
Ball has been married for thirty eight years, is the mother
of three beautiful daughters and the grandmother
of four very sweet grandchildren.