Monday, November 21, 2005

Ball appointed dean of the School of Education

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11/21/2005 - Deborah Loewenberg Ball has been named dean of the School of Education, a post she has held as interim dean since July. Her selection was announced by President Mary Sue Coleman and Interim Provost Edward Gramlich. The appointment, made in consultation with the Compensation, Personnel and Governance Committee of the Board of Regents, will be effective Dec. 16, pending full board approval.

Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education. Her research has focused on elementary mathematics teaching and strategies to increase its effectiveness. A key area of interest has been the development of ways to analyze the relation between the mathematical knowledge that teachers bring to the classroom, the quality of their teaching and student success. She is principal investigator on the Study of Instructional Improvement, a large longitudinal study of efforts to improve instruction in reading and mathematics in high-poverty urban elementary schools. She also is co-director of the Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics, a research and development center aimed at strengthening professional education of mathematics teachers.

"In her short time as interim dean, Professor Ball has displayed her enormous strengths and leadership skills to work effectively with the School of Education faculty to begin articulating a vision and mission that will be beneficial to the school and to the University at large," Gramlich said. "President Coleman and I are extremely pleased that Professor Ball is assuming the role of dean at a time when leadership in education is of great importance to the nation."

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