Teaching & Learning Champions: Maureen Pafumi
August 19, 2020
Teaching & Learning Champions are faculty & staff who contribute to student learning (Guided Pathways Essential Practice #4). We share their stories to celebrate their dedication to instructional excellence & innovation in a series of spotlight articles. #ACCExcellence
Meet Maureen Pafumi, TLED’s Faculty Development Specialist!
Tell us a little bit about what you do!
I get to work on coordinating details that go into Faculty Development programming, ensuring project details, goals, and timelines are communicated and met, and provide any other overall support that I can for the team. I get to support the people that support faculty. I am excited to work with a team of individuals that are all really great at what they do. I take planning and organization onto my plate so that they can do what they do best. Together we get to provide effective and engaging programming for faculty at all stages of their careers. By supporting faculty we get to play a role in providing quality, equitable, and accessible education to our community.
Three words that best describe you?
Passionate, reliable, caring.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In elementary school, I told all of my classmates that I would be the first female president of the United States. Politics still really interests me, but I am no longer interested in taking on the title Commander-In-Chief.
Do you have a motto or mantra or personal philosophy?
“Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.” I can get unrealistically ambitious- like when I told myself I would take electrical, plumbing, and welding classes and build myself my own log cabin. I am not really interested in stopping myself from dreaming big and think this quote hits the nail on the head for me to have a healthy outlook while keeping my sometimes unrealistic dreams.
What is the #1 piece of advice you give to your students?
Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
Connect with Maureen via email: email@example.com
Recommend a Colleague:
Do you know someone who is a champion of teaching & learning? Send their name & why you’re nominating them to TLEDcomms@austincc.edu.