Terry Ballman joined CSUCI in Fall 2002. A native Californian, she earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University, Long Beach, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career she has held positions of responsibility, including department chair, coordinator of lower-division language programs, undergraduate bilingual and ESL advisor, single subject credential advisor, and supervisor of student teachers.
Professor Ballman's research interests include the examination of the acquisition of Spanish by second language learners. Coauthor of two Spanish-language textbooks, she is also the coauthor of a volume for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Professional Development Series. The recipient of several teaching awards, Professor Ballman is a frequent presenter of papers and workshops and she has published on such topics as the acquisition of Spanish, lesson planning and student-centered instruction.