Dr. Deborah A. Ballam receives 2019 Distinguished Service Award

With more than 30 years of dedicated service to The Ohio State University, Dr. Deborah A. Ballam, former associate provost for Women’s Policy Initiatives and director of The Women’s Place, has enhanced the lives of countless Buckeyes in the classroom and beyond – leading efforts to improve gender equity and inspiring positive change.

Portrait of Dr. Deborah Ballam

Dr. Ballam is a four-time Ohio State alumna, having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Juris Doctor and PhD at the university. Following her graduation from the Moritz College of Law and five years of practicing law, she returned to the university in 1982 as a faculty member at Fisher College of Business.

She has since taught business law and served as associate provost for Women’s Policy Initiatives, director of the Undergraduate Business Administration Honors Program, a member of the President’s Council on Women’s Issues and director of The Women’s Place. Dr. Ballam’s numerous transformative initiatives include the President and Provost’s Leadership Institute and the Staff Leadership Series – both of which encourage women and others from underrepresented groups to pursue roles in academic leadership. She also worked diligently to expand maternity leave for women faculty members at Ohio State.

Her research on employment law, business and government has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has served in many editorial positions, including editor-in-chief at The American Business Law Journal. She is a recipient of the Senior Faculty Award of Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Fisher College of Business Pace Setters Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the university’s Distinguished Affirmative Action Award, the Franklin County Women of Achievement Award and many others.

Dr. Ballam’s steadfast dedication to expanding opportunities for women at Ohio State has profoundly improved the university – strengthening the education it provides and ensuring that every Buckeye has a pathway to success. She and her wife, Judy Nantau, have two wonderful children in their lives — their son, David Ballam, and goddaughter, Anya Nelson.

Republished from: https://www.osu.edu/universityawards/2019/distinguished-service-award-2…