Biography of Larry Ray

Picture of Dr. Larry Ray
Full Title: Professor of Mathematics
Building: Jorgensen Hall
Room Number: 108
Email: laray [at] ucollege [dot] edu
Work Phone: 2367
Departments: Division of Science and Mathematics - 402.486.2515
Job Description:

Serves as academic advisor for students majoring in mathematics education and preparing to be secondary math teachers. Teaches the following courses: Precalculus,  Calculus I, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Methods in Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers, Modern College Geometry, and Mathematical Connections for Secondary Teachers.

Academic Background
  • Ph.D., educational psychology, University of Southern California, 1977.
  • NSF Academic Year Institute, University of Montana, 1968-1969.
  • M.A., mathematics, Pacific Union College, 1966.
  • B.A., mathematics, Pacific Union College, 1964. 
Campus & Community Involvement:

Dr. Ray teams up with Dr. Malcolm Russell in leading a College Sabbath School class that features Bible study and discussion centered around the Adult SS Bible Study Guide. The class meets weekly, year-around, 10:40-11:45 in the Student Center.

Professional Background:

At Union College:

  • Professor of Mathematics, 1997-present
  • Vice-President for Academic Administration, 1992-1997.
  • Chair, Division of Business and Computer Science, 1990-1992.
  • Professor of Computer Science, 1983-1992.

Director of Computer Services, Visalia Unified School District, California, 1977-1983.

Math and computer teacher, Visalia Unified School District, California, 1969-1983.

Math and science teacher, Wawona Jr. High, Fresno, California, 1967-1968.

Mathematics teacher, International School, Bangkok, 1966-1967.

Mathematics teacher, McLane High, Fresno, California, 1965-1966.


Sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Dr. Ray participated in the PMET (Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers) workshops for three summers: 2003 in Potsdam, New York; 2004 in Oswego, New York;  2006 in Monterey, California. The PMET workshops led to an NSF grant that enabled Dr. Ray and the other UC mathematics faculty to revise Union's mathematics curriculum during the 2004-2006 academic years. Further, this grant supported the mathematics faculty in providing a workshop on the UC campus for all academy mathematics teachers in the Mid-America Union (MAUC) in the summer of 2004. 

In the summer of 2007 and again in the summer of 2008, a mix of 20 elementary and secondary MAUC teachers participated in a week-long math workshop at UC.   Through a grant from the Brookhill Foundation, two of these workshops were offered in the summer of 2009--one to the private school teachers of Lincoln and the other to SDA teachers throughout the North American Division (NAD).  30 teachers participated in the first workshop--June 8-12; 31 teachers participated in the second workshop--June 22-26.

Personal Information:

He enjoys tennis, bicycling, hiking, and playing with his four grandchildren.

Class materials/help for Dr. Ray's classes on Moodle.