The Honorable Doctor Calvin Ball teaches in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program. Dr. Ball is a learning-centered servant-leader who believes his top priorityis to ensure that he creates an environment where every student can and does learn. His appreciation for the roles that both student and facilitator play in the process of learning has been molded by his educational background, his professional experience and his temperament.
Dr. Ball is a Maryland native and a proud, second-generation "Morgan-Man. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Towson State University, a Master of Arts degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore, where he was nominated for the Spirit of Excellence Award, and a Doctor of Education from Morgan State University. His doctoral dissertation focused on leadership and effectiveness at community colleges. He is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. He has facilitated learning for adults both face-to-face and online at a variety of institutions including American University, University of Phoenix, Baltimore City Community College, Towson University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Throughout his educational career, he has sought out and been successful in attaining degrees that test and value flexibility, excellence, scholarship, and service. Additionally, a certified mediator since 1998, Dr. Ball has worked as a mediator for the Community Mediation Program and the Maryland State Human Relations Commission. He also served as a mediation supervisor for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.
Dr. Ball is also Councilmember Ball elected in 2006 to the Howard County Council, representing District Two, which includes portions of East Columbia, as well as portions of Elkridge, Ellicott City, and Jessup. On December 4, 2006, Councilmember Ball made Howard County history when he was elected the youngest Chairperson ever to lead the County Council and is an elected public servant with approximately 50,000 constituents. In addition, he has had the honor to serve as Chairperson of the County Zoning Board as well as Chairperson of the County Board of License Commissioners. Ball is an educator, community organizer, and an academic administrator with over 10 years experience teaching in higher education,
Dr. Ball is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and, in addition to his interest and expertise in online learning, has numerous research interests including civic engagement, community partnerships, community college effectiveness, financial literacy, environmental sustainability on college campuses, and faculty development. Dr. Ball has been honored with awards including the Louis Goldstein Award for Democratic Spirit, the Kittleman Award for Legislative Leadership, and the Community Champion of the Year Award.
He has high expectations for himself as a learning facilitator, teacher, mentor and scholar. Moreover, he has high expectations for students as learners, emerging leaders, critical thinkers and communicators. While every student may come into his class from a different place, he strives to create an environment where all students can grow as writers, problem solvers, public servants, presenters, and leaders while increasing their knowledge and understanding.