Utah State University professor of communicative disorders and deaf education Beth Foley presented her Inaugural Professor Lecture March 24 in a presentation titled “AAC: Because Communication is Everything!”
Foley grew up in central Massachusetts in the small town of Shrewsbury. She was an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University when she was recruited by Marv Fifield in 1992 to help start a new interdisciplinary training program in assistive technology at USU. Foley took a one-year leave of absence from Southern to join the faculty of USU in 1993. Fortunately, she forgot to go back to her job in Connecticut and has been at USU ever since. Foley became department head in communicative disorders and deaf education in 2005 and is proud to lead such a strong department.
Foley is married to John Hernandez, a geography and physical education teacher at InTech High School, and has a 9-year-old son, Michael, a 3rd grader at Edith Bowen Lab School. In her spare time she can be found gardening, walking in Smithfield Canyon, or skiing and biking with John and Michael.
The Inaugural Professor Lecture Series is coordinated by the provost’s office and is hosted by President Stan Albrecht and First Lady Joyce Albrecht. Faculty members in the series have been promoted to full professor within the last academic year and present a lecture that highlights their research, creative activity or teaching at the university.
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