Fellows and Scholars

Mays Imad

Mays Imad

AAC&U Senior Fellow

Mays Imad received her undergraduate training from the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she studied philosophy. She received her doctoral degree in Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed a National Institute of Health-Funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona in the Department of Neuroscience. She joined the department of life & physical sciences at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona as an adjunct faculty member in 2009 and later as a full-time faculty member in 2013. During her tenure at Pima, she taught Physiology, Pathophysiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biomedical ethics. She also founded Pima’s Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). She is currently teaching in the biology department at Connecticut College as an associate professor.

Dr. Imad is a Gardner Institute Fellow for Undergraduate Education and a Fellow with the Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Imad’s research focuses on the social determinants of student success. Specifically, she is interested in investigating bio- and neurofeedback in relation to stress, trauma, mental health, and student learning.

A nationally-recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning, she passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student. In addition to her work on trauma, emotional regulation, and mental health, Mays received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her work on critical thinking in STEM courses.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her own institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual education–all rooted in the latest research on the neurobiology of learning.

Through her teaching and research she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization.