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Dr. Sarah Ball

Assistant Department Head (Disability Resources Office Liaison) | Assistant Teaching Professor

1175-F Wellness and Recreation Center



  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Mississippi
  • M.A. Parks and Recreation Management, University of Mississippi
  • Ph.D. Health Behavior, University of Mississippi

Teaching Emphasis

Additional Information

Dr. Sarah Ball has been serving as an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Studies at North Carolina State University since the 2021 fall semester. In this role, Dr. Ball teaches a variety of fitness courses including indoor group cycling, aerobics and body conditioning, water aerobics, fitness walking, and assists with adapted physical education. Starting in the 2022 spring semester, Dr. Ball will also serve as an assistant department head for the HES Department.

Before joining the HES Department, Dr. Ball spent five years serving as an assistant professor in the Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department at Pittsburg State University in which she taught and advised under the recreation program. Prior to that, she spent eight years working in Oxford, MS where she served three years as a director of a community volunteer center, and before that worked five years in a recreation therapy department at a state mental health facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), during which she served two years as the Director of Area 4 Special Olympics Mississippi. Since 2011, Dr. Ball has instructed group fitness classes in a variety of settings including a municipal older adult fitness program, a worksite wellness program, and a private wellness center.

Dr. Ball holds the following degrees, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Master of Arts in Parks and Recreation Management, and Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior all from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Ball has previously been a member of several health and recreation associations and societies and is a current member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).

Dr. Ball’s research interests include combining the fields of recreation and health that creates a cross-disciplinary collaboration. She has presented at several state, regional, and national conferences for various recreation and health related associations.