Biography of Dr. Ray Wallace


Dr. Ray Wallace, the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, holds both undergraduate (1981) and Master of Arts (1982) degrees from Eastern Illinois University and the Doctor of Arts degree (1985) in English from Illinois State University. Dr. Wallace was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, and became a US citizen in1989.


Among his book-length publications are: The Role of Teaching, Scholarship, and Service in the English Department: A Delicate Balance (Edwin Mellen 2004); Reforming College Composition: Writing the Wrongs (Greenwood, 2000); The Role of Grammar in Writing Instruction: Past, Present, Future (Boynton/Cook: 1995); Intersections: Essays on the Application of Theory in the Writing Center (NCTE, 1994); and The Writing Center: New Directions (Garland, 1991). These last two books won book-of-the-year awards in the International Writing Centers Association (a National Council of Teachers of English affiliate organization of which Dr. Wallace eventually became President). He continues to write chapters and essays for othersí scholarly works, has served on various editorial boards for key journals related to the teaching of writing, and regularly presents research nationally and internationally (Australia, France, Spain, South Africa, and Ireland).  He has been a keynote speaker at several composition conferences and developed and organized the First International Writing Centers Conference. He has served as an external evaluator on several institutionsí English faculty tenure decisions, and has been a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation team member on several on-site evaluation/reaffirmation visits. He now works on accreditation and reaffirmation issues with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in Chicago. He has also written over thirty articles, and has made more than forty lecture presentations at national and international conference venues, including South Africa, Ireland, France, Spain, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan, and Australia. 


Prior to his Senior Vice Chancellorship in Arkansas, Dr. Wallace held two Arts and Sciences deanships at Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta and earlier at Troy University in Montgomery, Alabama. Previously, he served as the Director of the Louisiana Scholars College, the stateís designated Honors College in the liberal arts and sciences, and as the Department Head for Languages and Communication at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He had formerly held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the University Writing Center, the Director of Technical Writing in three Governorís Schools for the Sciences, and as an Assistant Professor of English, after moving from the Pacific Rim at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Writing and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages),


His post-doctoral experiences include selection into the inaugural class (2009-2010) of the Twenty-First Century Leadership Institute for Provosts and Chief Academic Officers.  This year-long institute is designed to enhance the skill sets of provosts and chief academic officers for future roles as presidents and chancellors. In addition, in May 2009 he was selected by the Japanese government as a member of The Japan Foundation Invitational Program for U.S. Educators,   This twenty-person team visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Urawa, and Saitama educational campuses, talked with multi-national company executives about Japan-US relations, and meet with Japanese government officials, especially from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Trade about possible links. He was also a member of the Class of 2006 at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education (MLE) at Harvard University. Earlier, he traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright-HayesProfessional and Curriculum Development Award. There, he studied the social, political, and economic climate in South Africa as related to the tertiary education choices of its citizens. He worked with administrators and faculty from Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg), the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal (Durban), the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth), Rhodes University (Grahamstown), and the University of Cape Town.


Dr. Wallace is married to Susan Lewis Wallace. Ray plays golf, badly, and is an award-winning amateur photographer in his limited spare-time.