Ray T. Clifford
Professor Ray T. Clifford received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1977. Since then he has served in multiple assignments in both federal service (as chancellor of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California) and in academe (as director of the BYU Center for Language Studies).
Most of Professor Clifford’s research has focused on language assessment. He designed the only studies that have empirically validated the ACTFL, ILR, and STANAG language-proficiency scales for reading and listening proficiency. Since joining the BYU faculty in 2004, he has led BYU’s efforts to expand the number of foreign-language courses taught and has also led the initiative to recognize BYU students’ second-language skills through an official certification program.
Professor Clifford’s professional honors include many national and international tributes, but he feels his most important honors are his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.