John Ambrosio

John Ambrosio

Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education


Room:TC 817

About John Ambrosio

Dr. Ambrosio has taught social foundations and multicultural education courses to undergraduate and graduate students at Ball State University since the fall of 2006. He is currently associate professor of social foundations and assistant chair of the Department of Educational Studies. Dr. Ambrosio’s work has been concerned with preparing pre-service teachers and prospective school administrators by helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create more equitable and just learning opportunities, experiences, and outcomes for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved and marginalized.

Dr. Ambrosio’s research examines issues of equity and social justice in public education in the U.S. and educational leadership for transformation and social justice in higher education in South Africa and Kenya. He has conducted theoretical and qualitative research on a variety of issues including whiteness, curriculum theory, standards-based school reform, transformative education, social justice education for teachers, and ethics in education.

Dr. Ambrosio received the Teachers College Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 and a Core Fulbright Scholar Program Award in 2013 to teach, conduct research, and work with colleagues in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

His book, Educational leadership for transformation and social justice: Narratives of change in South Africa, was published by Routledge in 2016.


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in social foundations and multicultural education

University of Washington, Seattle WA