Name: Ray Clifford
BYU employee since: 2004
My job at BYU is... ensuring that “less-commonly taught languages” are commonly taught.
Currently I’m working on... improving the diagnostic value of language tests for the students who take them.
I’m currently reading... Peak: Secrets from the new Science of Expertise.
I get most excited about my work when... I receive inspiration that allows me to solve a long-standing research problem.
When I have 30 minutes of free-time you can find me... fixing or building something in my home.
My advice to incoming freshman is... Always have a plan for your life – but be willing to change your plan when the Lord provides new options.
The best-kept BYU secret is... that BYU teaches more advanced-level language classes, to more advanced-level students, in more languages, than any other university.
My go-to BYU Creamery ice cream flavor is... Really Raspberry.
I’m most looking forward to... whatever new challenges tomorrow will bring.
You’ll never find me without my... “To-Do list” and planning calendar.
My favorite quote is... from Hugh Nibley, “[B]eing self-taught is no disgrace, but being self-certified is another matter.”
My favorite TV show growing up was... anything I saw at the neighbor’s house, since my family didn’t own a TV set.