Provost's Award Honors Two
Professors for Teaching Excellence
Posted January 10, 2000
HOLLAND -- James B. Allis and R. Richard Ray of
the Hope College faculty have been named recipients of the
college's "Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching."
The awards were announced during the college's
annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon, held on Monday, Jan.
10. Allis is an associate professor of philosophy, and Ray
is coordinator of the athletic training program and an
associate professor of kinesiology.
Allis has been a member of the Hope faculty since
1986. The courses he teaches include "Ancient and Medieval
Political Thought," "Philosophy of Law," "Twentieth Century
Political Philosophy," "Existentialism" and "Modern
In 1990, he received the "Hope Outstanding
Professor Educator" (H.O.P.E.) Award. The award is
presented by the graduating senior class to the professor
who they feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope
College educator. He co-delivered the college's
Commencement address in 1995.
Other honors he has received at Hope include
faculty development and faculty/student cooperative research
grants, and a Knight Fellowship. He also received teaching
fellowships and a Mellon Fellowship while in graduate
Allis co-authored "A Guide to Resources in Ancient
Philosophy" with Dr. Albert Bell of the Hope history
faculty. He has also written book reviews, has presented
papers and invited addresses, and has been a referee or
editorial assistant with professional publications in the
field of philosophy.
He is a 1975 graduate of Dartmouth College. He
holds master of arts degrees from Jersey City State College
and the University of Pittsburgh, an Ed.M. from Harvard
University and a doctorate from the University of
He taught mathematics and science at a New Jersey
junior high school for four years before pursuing graduate
studies and his career in higher education.
Ray has been a member of the Hope faculty since
1982. Under his leadership, the college's athletic training
program has grown into a full major that requires its
graduates to complete 48 credit hours in a variety of
disciplines and at least 1,500 hours of clinical work under
the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.
He has a wide range of research interests, and has
received several grants to support his work. He is the
editor or author of the books "Counseling in Sports
Medicine" (1999), "Management Strategies in Athletic
Training" (1994) and "Case Studies in Athletic Training
Administration" (1995), all published by Human Kinetics. He
has written numerous articles in scientific publications and
has presented papers at several professional conferences.
He is editor of "Athletic Therapy Today," and has
served as associate editor of the "Journal of Athletic
Ray has served in elected and appointed positions
at the state, regional and national levels in various
athletic training professional organizations. He is past
president of both the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers
Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the
Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society in May of 1999. He
received the Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the
Michigan Athletic Trainers Society in 1995.
He holds his bachelor's degree from the University
of Michigan, and his master's and doctorate from Western
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