Deborah Loewenberg Ball
William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education


  • Math
  • Professional development
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher quality

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor in education at the University of Michigan and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She served as dean of the School of Education and currently serves as director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Ball’s research focuses on the practice of mathematics instruction and on the improvement of teacher training and development. She is an expert on teacher education, with a particular interest in how professional training and experience combine to equip beginning teachers with the skills and knowledge needed for responsible practice. Ball has served on several national and international commissions and panels focused on policy initiatives and the improvement of education, including the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, the National Science Board, and the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Mathematics Society, and the American Educational Research Association, and she is an elected member of the National Academy of Education.