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Sheila Foley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

PhD, Northcentral University
MS, Westfield State University
BS, Westfield State University

Assistant Professor Sheila Foley began her teaching career at Bay Path University 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 challenges facing young people and developing comprehensive strategies to address these issues. In addition, she has worked in police training by providing education and policy development.

Foley received a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in criminal justice at Northcentral University in Arizona.  She received her master’s degree from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. 

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 teenage daughter, Foley’s interest is fueled in this subject matter.

Foley’s interdisciplinary view allows her to teach throughout many disciplines including criminal justice, psychology, sociology and liberal arts - focusing on research and writing. In addition, she is a member of the WELL faculty and Honor Program faculty.

To ensure students learn the fundamental content of a course and develop a strong foundation for lifelong learning, her teaching emphasis is placed on fostering critical thinking skills and engaging in experiential learning opportunities. Foley teaches many upper-level courses including Criminology and Principles of Juvenile Procedures. Foley also incorporates her background in criminal justice with her passion for research and writing throughout the curriculum.

Over the years, Foley has taught research and writing courses that include Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Communicating in Criminal Justice, and Critical Reading and Writing. Foley is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Honor Society for Women Educators.  She is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.