Ligia Pamfilie

Ligia Pamfilie

Instructional Designer

Ligia Pamfilie is the Instructional Designer in the Office for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at AAC&U. Ligia works to support the office’s conceptualization, creation, and delivery of existing and new face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online professional and faculty development. Prior to AAC&U, she was the Global Learning Design Coordinator at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, MI, where she created the first in-house Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) training program, and supported instructors in their efforts toward adding virtual or in-person global learning components to their courses. Ligia also designed and facilitated faculty development and consulted with instructors through WSU’s Office for Teaching and Learning.

A global learner herself, Ligia was born and raised in a small town in the heart of the beautiful region of Transylvania, Romania. She started her career teaching Romanian and English language and literature to high school students. Then, as a Socrates scholarship recipient, Ligia taught in an Italian public school. Being immersed in a new culture, she learned Italian to be able to communicate with her students, fully explore the local culture, and make meaningful connections. This teaching journey took her to Harvard Extension School, where she explored the culture and educational system of the United States. Ligia's commitment to global education and expertise in instructional design was further recognized when she received a Fulbright International Education Administration award in 2023.

Ligia is currently pursuing a PhD in education leadership and policy at WSU. She holds a Master of Education (MEd) in instructional design from WSU as well as two more degrees from Petru Maior University, in Romania: A Master of Arts (MA) in history of literature and literary criticism systems and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Romanian language and literature and English language and literature.

Areas of Expertise

  • Program design and development
  • Integrated course design
  • Backward course design
  • Universal design for learning
  • Multicultural course design
  • Pedagogy of kindness
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
  • Meaningful integration of educational technologies in teaching and learning
  • Course-embedded assessment
  • Rubric assessment
  • VALUE rubrics
  • Aligning instruction and assessment