Pamela Trafford

Pamela S. Trafford

Faculty, Department of Accounting
Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

About Pamela Trafford

Pam Trafford is a senior lecturer II on the faculty in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches a wide breadth of undergraduate and graduate accounting courses. She was one of Isenberg’s first faculty to teach in the online programs and continues to have a special interest in combining teaching and technology. She has served the school and the university in a variety of committee/advisory roles related to online teaching. Currently, she also serves as the departmental honors director and a university innovation fellow.

Trafford is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).  She worked for audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG for 10 years, serving as a senior manager in the tax practice for four years. She served all the not-for-profit clients in her office and was a featured speaker about taxation issues for not-for-profit health care institutions. She belongs to many professional organizations and has served as a treasurer for a regional not-for-profit organization and as a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

Her recent awards include College Outstanding Teacher Award from Isenberg, 2014-2015; Student Centered Learning and Teaching Fellowship, 2015-2016; and Innovation Fellowship, 2016.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Tax practice
  • Online education
  • Innovation
  • Nonprofit health care taxation
  • Technology


BA - Anthropology
University of Montana

University of Montana


  • Certified Public Accountant, Montana


Member of the American Accounting Association
Member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of Chartered Global Management Accountants