Dr. Arnetha Ball, the inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor of Education at Duquesne University, has been selected to receive the 2009 Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.Ball is an international specialist in oral and written literacies of African-Americans and diverse student populations, focusing on African-American vernacular and its patterns rooted in English and Western African speech patterns. Besides teaching at Duquesne, she also instructs at Stanford University and in South Africa.
She received the award at the group’s annual convention in recognition of her contributions to the development of the professional community and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.