Ray has served as the Director of the Center for Urban Teaching since July of 2007. He has been a professor of education at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1992 and collaborated with Jim Rahn in the launching of the Center in 2001. Prior to joining the education faculty at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Ray served in various school principalships, including Shoreland Lutheran High School from 1984 to 1992 and Atonement Lutheran School from 1973 to 1984. Ray received his B.S. from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1966, his M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision of Instruction from Marquette University in 1982.
During the 2006-07 academic year, Ray embarked on an intense study of high performance urban teaching, conducting observations and research in some of the highest performing urban classrooms in the country. Ray has frequently presented on his findings and has developed a theoretical model that integrates the importance of belief as an essential element in the framework for high performance teaching known to the Center participants as the “High-Performance Triad”. His research has been the basis for presentations on aspects of urban teaching and the mentoring for high-performance at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) International Conventions in Orlando (2009), San Antonia (2010), and in San Francisco (2011). Ray is the past-president of the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association.