Oteka Ball to Receive Honorary Doctor of Humanities

January 23, 2015

Ball is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. She earned both a master's degree and doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. She joined the OBU faculty in 1989 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1995. She retired from the university in 2004.

She dedicated much of her career to studying and teaching about family relations. While acquiring her advanced degrees, she discovered that not much attention had been paid to the study of what made certain families strong. She began to research the field and shared her findings with her students in the classroom.

She and her husband, Jerry, conducted marriage communication labs in the 1970s and trained ministers and their wives to lead marriage communication seminars in the 1980s. She is a certified family life educator by the National Council on Family Relations. She also worked with Governor Frank Keating's Covenant Marriage Proposal in Oklahoma.