MU Professor Awarded 2012 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence
COLUMBIA - Associate professor Stephen Ball was awarded one of the 2012 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence Wednesday morning.
Ball works as an associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences and MU Extension fitness specialist.
Kemper Fellowships are awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year. The awards were established in 1991 after William T. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate. He was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City and held top banking positions in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The awards were started with a $500,000 gift.
University of Missouri Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz of Commerce Bank surprised Ball along with professors, administrators, and staff by honoring him with the Fellowship, which includes a $10,000 check.
Stephen Ball has been an associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology in the College of Human Environmental Sciences since 2002. He teaches undergraduate level courses and serves as an MU Extension fitness specialist.
Ball integrates auditory, visual, and hands-on styles of learning to engage his students. Even though his classes are large, his students feel involved.
In addition to his classroom teaching, Ball is also an MU Extension state fitness specialist and provides outreach to Missouri residents. Ball trains teachers around the state on how to help Missouri youth become more physically active. The programs Ball is involved in have reached more than 40,000 youth across Missouri.
Ball received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri in exercise physiology and a doctoral degree from Arizona State University in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in exercise and wellness.