Dr. William J. Ball joined the Stetson Political Science Department in the fall of 2009 as a visiting associate professor when his wife, Beth Paul, accepted the position of Provost at Stetson. Bill spent the previous 18 years as a faculty member and department chair in political science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a masters in international affairs from Carleton University and a bachelor's in political science from Drake University. At TCNJ he taught political theory, research methods, and community politics.
Bill conducted a series of community-based research projects with his students at TCNJ, including a public deliberative democracy series consisting of community forums on policy issues of local interest. He is looking forward to working with Stetson students, faculty, alumni and community partners to restart the forum series in the DeLand area community. In the spring he will be teaching a course titled "Community Engagement" where students will research, organize, and run public forums on the Hometown Democracy ballot issue that Florida voters will decide in November 2010. He would like to hear from Stetson alumni interested in participating in this project.