Dr. Raymond Wilson Retires

Having taught for 37 years, 32 years (1979-2011) of which were at Fort Hays State University, Dr. Raymond Wilson, Professor Emeritus of History, has retired. He began his full-time teaching in the late 1960s and taught in every subsequent decade before his retirement. Dr. Wilson served as a department chair, an interim chair, and an acting chair for 4 1/2 years of his 32 years at Fort Hays State University.
Nationally known for his publications, Dr. Wilson also was an effective classroom teacher. He received the two highest awards given to FHSU faculty: the Pilot Award for teaching and the President’s Distinguished Scholar Award for research and publications. Dr. Wilson enjoyed working with graduate students and directed 20 M.A. theses. Regarding the latter, several of his students received the FHSU best M.A. thesis award and later published portions of their theses, and Dr. Wilson received awards from the FHSU Graduate School for his work with graduate students. He also was in charge of preparing prospective secondary social studies teachers for teaching careers, which he also enjoyed.
In retirement, he continues to research and publish. Additionally, Dr. Wilson serves on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel, which advises Governor Sam Brownback on activities related to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood (1861-2011) this year.

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