Mr. Clarence Ball
Office: GRD 407 A&B
MA Michigan State University
BA Tennessee State University
Mr. Clarence Edward Ball III joins the faculty as one of the Assistant Directors of the Forensics Team. Mr. Ball hails from Houston, Texas where he was born and raised. He is an alumnus of Tennessee State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Africana Studies. While at Tennessee State, Clarence was a proud member of the award winning forensics team for four consecutive years. During his tenure on the team, he received numerous national and international accolades. He is a two time National Champion in the event of Poetry Interpretation (1st in the Nation at the American Forensics Association in Austin, TX March, 2008; 1st in the Nation at the National Forensics Association in Nashville, TN April, 2008). He is also a three time International Champion in the events of: Prose, Poetry and Dramatic Duo Interpretation (1st, 1st and 1st in the world at the International Forensics Association in London, England). He won a total of 186 awards during his four year tenure with the team.
In the Fall of 2008, Clarence began working on a master’s of art in broadcasting at Michigan State University in their peer acclaimed journalism master’s program. Continuing his history of research, he chose to use some of his required course work to conduct useful research that impacted his community. For instance, he used his qualitative research methods course to study social interactions between minorities at Big Ten Institutions. During his first year of graduate school, he won two Michigan Broadcasters Association awards, worked with the Big Ten Network, covered Barack Obama’s visit to the university and anchored MSU’s broadcast of the 2008 Presidential Election.
After his first year of graduate school, Clarence took a year off to pursue an assistant coaching position with TSU's Forensics Team. With his assistance the team won 211 awards from 2009-2010 including 1st Place I.E Team in the State of Tennessee and 1st Place Small Team in the Nation. As the poetry and drama instructor, he coached a Poetry and Dramatic Interpretation piece; which, both placed third in the Nation.
After Clarence completed his contract with TSU, he returned to Michigan State to finish the requirements of his master’s degree. He graduated in May 2011. During Clarence’s last year at MSU he was a graduate adviser for both the Michigan State University Slam Poetry Team and the Black Poet Society. He was also a proud member of the Black Graduate Student’s Association.
As one of the newest faculty members at Tennessee State University, Clarence is looking forward to cultivating students natural talents and reinforcing his mantra: "The spoken word is powerful."