Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
BS, MS, Westfield State College
Assistant Professor ofCriminal Justice Sheila Foley began her teaching career at Bay Path College as an adjunct professor in 2002, and was appointed to assistant professor in 2005. Sheila brings 22 years of experience working in state government, and her work has included a number of areas committed to social change. She has been involved with many initiatives, bringing together facets of the community to identify problems associated with adolescent drug use and developing comprehensive strategies to address these issues. In addition she has worked in police training by providing education and policy development.
Foley received her master’s degree from Westfield State College in Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration with a concentration in criminal justice at Northcentral University, and her academic interests include violence among girls. Society is becoming more violent, and data shows the gap between criminal violence among boys and criminal violence among girls is narrowing. The form and extent of physical aggression in adolescent girls is also changing. Violence is a complex and dynamic problem, one that demands a comprehensive solution. As a mother of a preteen daughter, Foley’s interest is fueled in this subject matter.
Foley teaches many upper-level courses including Issues in Criminology, Women in Criminal Justice, Principles of Juvenile Procedures, Criminal Organizations and White Collar Crimes, Interviewing and Interrogation, and Research Methods in Criminal Justice. In addition, she teaches the First-Year Experience and is a member of the Honor Program faculty. She is an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Honor Society for Women Educators and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She is a clinically certified forensic counselor and licensed social worker.