Joy Pufhal has worked in Student Affairs at U.S.M. since August 2000 serving in a variety of administrative roles, of increasing responsibility, within the Department of Residential Life, the Department of Community Standards, the Division of Student and University Life. Joy assumed her current role as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Special Assistant to the Chief Student Affairs Officer as of July 2011. In addition, Joy has been an instructor of Academic Self Management since 2005 and has served as an academic advisor for a small cohort of students.
As Special Assistant to the CSAO, Joy is responsible for overseeing the operations of the two centralized offices of the Division of Student and University Life. Joy also serves as the Divisional Policy Analyst, Finance Manager, and Human Resource Liasion. As Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Joy is responsible for overseeing the University’s response to all disclosures of gender based discrimination involving students including sexual harassment, sexual violence, relationship abuse, and stalking.
Joy has been intimately involved in a number of University Strategic Initiatives and committees including: the University of Maine System Title IX Sub-Committee (chair), the University’s Strategic Plan Task Team 2 (Student Success), the Foundations of Excellence (First Year Matters) Committee, the Division of Student & University Life Assessment Team (chair), the Commencement Committee, the Parking Committee, the Professional Staff Senate, the committee on Promoting Reduced Risk Alcohol Choices, and the Steering Committee of the Campus Safety Project. In addition, Joy recently chaired the Woodbury Space committee, the committees revising the Alcohol and other drugs policy, and the Student Gender Based Misconduct Policy Committee.
Joy received a bachelor of science degree in bio-psychology with a certificate of community health from Tufts University in 2000 and a Masters of Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine in 2006.