posted January 10, 2000

Profs Honored for Teaching

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
  Political Thought."
          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
  Michigan University.