Ball State’s Teachers College is extremely proud of its work to advance economic and civic education in our local communities, Indiana, and throughout our nation.

If education is a process where a society passes on the knowledge, values, and skills from one generation to another, learning is the lifelong process of transforming information and experience into knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

Mission, Vision, & Values


The Center for Economic and Civic Learning strives to innovate and improve economic and civic learning throughout local communities and our country. To improve the economic and civic life of our citizenry. To cultivate a lifelong process of transforming economic and civic information and experience into knowledge, skills, and behaviors.


To build meaningful lasting relationships and opportunities for learning that advance democracy, economic vitality and the public good.


The Center for Economic and Civic Learning values:

  • Inclusion: Respect for different perspectives and people from different backgrounds.
  • Knowledge: An emphasis on research and scholarship.
  • Connections: A desire to build working relationships with partners in our community and throughout our country. 


The Center for Economic and Civic Learning is situated under the Office of the Dean for Teachers College at Ball State University. 


The Center for Economic and Civic Learning will advance Ball State’s mission engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empowering graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

University Relations and Commitment

The Center for Economic and Civic Learning is interdisciplinary in nature. CECL enhances connections across campus.

Research and Scholarship

CECL has a strong focus on interdisciplinary and research and scholarship.

David J. Roof, Ph.Dbegan his career as a teacher. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy Studies. He currently oversees the Center for Economic and Civic Learning (CECL) and is an Associate Professor in Department of Educational Studies at Ball State. Dr. Roof is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Education funded Civic Renewal through Education for Agency, Tolerance, and Engagement or CREATE project, an innovative approach to instruction, student learning in civics, that integrates American history, geography, government, and media literacy. Dr. Roof has been an invited keynote speaker at multiple education conferences and serves on the editorial board for multiple journals. He has run several large projects for the U.S. Department of State and is on the Board of Trustees for the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. He has worked for many years as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education. 

Anand R. Marri, Ph.D. 
is the acting Provost of Ball State University. He previously served as Dean of Ball State University's Teachers College (TC). Dr. Marri’s academic research focuses on economic literacy, civic and multicultural education, teacher education, and urban education. He has been awarded more than $6.5 million, including grant from the Spencer Foundation, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the New York State Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, Ball State Teachers College, Columbia University Trustee Joyce Cowin, and the Teagle Foundation. 


Trygve Throntveit has served as the Director of Strategic Partnership at the Minnesota Humanities Center, Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Public Life and Work, and Global Fellow for History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Trained as a historian of American political thought, American political development, and US foreign policy, Throntveit has spent most of his career writing and teaching about diverse conceptions of democracy. His work has expanded to include organizing diverse citizens, to enhance the overall ecology of democracy through commons-building work across differences. He co-organized and led the Spencer-funded Minnesota Civic Studies Initiative, which convened Minnesotans from diverse cultural, ideological, and professional backgrounds in a two-year series of monthly meetings to build trust, leverage networks, and identify areas of common concern and potential collaboration. Throntveit also co-organized and led one of the efforts to emerge from MNCIS, the Ramsey County Civic Project, which facilitates discussions of controversial topics in productive ways. At the Minnesota Humanities Center, Throntveit has organized and facilitated several statewide virtual events designed to foster deliberation and build civic capacity. Throntveit co-leads the Teagle-funded project “Third Way Civics: Preparing Undergraduates for Lives of Moral Integrity and Public Purpose,” an effort to help undergraduates build the foundations of a values-based but pluralistic, action-oriented but non-polarizing civic identity through a rigorous course in “Key Civic Sources and Essential Civic Skills.” Throntveit was Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in History at Harvard.





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