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Northwest Missouri State University

Nancy Foley

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138 Brown Hall


660.562.1561 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2000

Associate Professor


  • Post Doctoral Fellowships (1998 & 1999 summer appointments); University of Kentucky; Technology in Teaching and Assistive Technology.
  • Ph.D., Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • M.S.Ed., Special Education - Learning Disabilities
  • B.A., Literature
  • Secondary Teaching Certification: English

Courses Taught

  • 62-371 Introduction to Special Education (online)
  • 62-641 Education of the Exceptional Child (online)
  • 62-211 Observation/Activity Elementary School
  • 62-386 Methods of Tchg Cross Categorical Special Education: Functional/Physical
  • 62-504 Creating Inclusive Classrooms (online)
  • 62-522 Technology for Tchg/Lrng (online)
  • 62-540 Behavior Management Techniques (online)
  • 62-642 Introduction to Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (online)
  • 62-643 Methods of Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (online)

Academic Interests

  • Providing accommodations and modifications in general education classrooms
  • Online teaching/learning
  • College students with disabilities

Scholarly Activity


  • Foley, N. E., & Andrews, J. (2008). Planning for the literacy needs of diverse learners: A preservice approach. The International Journal of Learning (15),
  • Foley, N.E. (2006). Preparing for college: Improving the odds for students with learning disabilities. College Student Journal, 40, 641-645.
  • Crossland, B., Foley, N., Ruhl, M., & Vanosdale, B. (2006). Enhancing diversity: A university's approach. A published paper at Hawaii International Conference on Education.
  • Belcher, R. N., Ruhl, M. L., Gates, D., Foley, N. E., Henry, P., Joyner, M. (2006). A model two-year residential internship program to attract highly qualified beginning teachers from rural communities to urban schools. The Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, 10(1), 64-70.


  • Steffens, S., Foley, N. E., & Farnan, S. (2011). A Vision for Course Redesign: Introduction to Special Education. 2011 Annual Teacher Education Division Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Foley, N.E. & Steffens, S., (2010). Addressing continuing teacher shortages through online teacher preparation: Lessons learned. 2010 Annual Teacher Education Division Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Lovelace, T., Patet, P., Thompson, P., Ingraham, N., Foley, N., Drew, M., Andrews, J., Martin, B., Crossland, B., & Nuttall, S. (February, 2010). Reading about HER story: Using trade books to teach literacy and address the lack of ladies in social studies. Presented at 33rd Southwest IRA Regional Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Foley, N.E., Crossland, B., & Ruhl, M. (March, 2009). Planning accommodations and modifications for individual learner needs: A pre-service program approach. Presented at PALS: 2009 Annual Spring Conference, Missouri Council for Exceptional Children, Lake Ozark, MO.
  • Christopher, F., & Foley, N.E., (March, 2009). Is it a second language issues or a learning difference? Presented at PALS: 2009 Annual Spring Conference, Missouri Council for Exceptional Children, Lake Ozark, MO.
  • Foley, N. E. (October, 2008). Providing diverse teaching experiences for rural preservice teachers. Presented at the Missouri National Association of Multicultural Education, Springfield, MO.

Student Group Advisement

  • None currently
  • College of Education and Human Service Ambassadors Advisor (previously)

Other Professional Experiences

  • Nodaway County Recreation/Education Director and board member
  • Coordinator of Service Project Options for Introduction to Special Education courses
  • CEHS Best Practices Committee, Chair
  • Faculty Senate Representative (2 terms)
  • Council for Exceptional Children member
  • Teacher Education Division of CEC member