Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus James Ballowe began teaching at Bradley in 1963 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. Professor Ballowe chaired the Department of English from 1971-1974 and served as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost from 1974-1986 and Dean of the College of Communications and Fine Arts from 1986-1990.
After retirement from Bradley, Professor Ballowe wrote A Great Outdoor Museum (2003), a history of The Morton Arboretum, and a biography of Joy Morton, A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton, published by Northern Illinois University in April, 2009. He edited Christmas in Illinois, an anthology published by the University of Illinois Press in 2010. He teaches in The Morton Arboretum's Naturalist Certificate Program.
As a writer/scholar, Professor Ballowe specializes in American studies, nature writing, and creative non-fiction. He has edited and introduced George Santayana's America: Essays in Literature and Culture (1967). The Coal Miners, a book of poetry, was published in 1979. Since 1963 he has published over a hundred essays, poems, and reviews. He is currently preparing two collections, one of poetry and another of essays on Illinois culture.
Professor Ballowe, the 1996 recipient of the University's Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence, has twice won the Illinois Arts Council's annual award for poetry and received the Council's 1993 award for creative non-fiction. His work on Southern Illinois culture has been recognized with the Delta Award, given by the Friends of Morris Library at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His biography of Joy Morton has also been recognized with awards from the State Historical Society and the Society of Midland Authors.
Professor Ballowe has served on the boards of the Illinois State Museum, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Illinois Humanities Council and has chaired the North Central Association's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.