Ray honored with Tanner University Teaching Award

Mar 10, 2014
Photo by: Donated HONORED — Clyde H. Ray IV was honored with the prestigious Tanner University Teaching Award.

Clyde H. Ray IV, a candidate for a doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a prestigious Tanner University Teaching Award for “inspired teaching and dedication” from the university. The recipients of the University Teaching Awards were recognized during halftime of a UNC men’s home basketball game at the Dean Dome a few weeks after the start of the spring semester.  The award was one of two awarded in the political science department and recognizes inspirational teaching of undergraduate students, particularly first- and second-year students and includes a $5,000 honorarium.

Ray is a Ph.D. candidate in political science. He entered the graduate program in 2010 with a focus on political theory. His dissertation topic is the political thought of Chief Justice John Marshall, and he has abiding interests in classical political philosophy and constitutional design. Commenting on his Tanner Award, Ray said that

“Carolina has a brilliant, hard-working, and kind undergraduate student population, and it has been a great privilege to play a role in my students' education over the course of the past few years,” said Ray. “To them, and the university generally, I extend my sincere thanks for this recognition.”

Ray is the son of Waynesville native Clyde H. Ray and Doris Pennington, who now live in Sylva.  He is also the grandson of the late Clyde and Caroline Ray of the former Ray’s Florist on South Main Street in Waynesville. He is a graduate of Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, Western Carolina University and also received his master’s degree at Villa Nova. He now resides in Chapel Hill with his wife, Gladys, and their son, William Clyde Ray.

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