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Pamela S. Trafford


Faculty, Department of Accounting

Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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. 

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 and honors include the following:

  • Nominated in 2022 and 2023 for the American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize demonstration of superior teaching in accounting.

  • Distinguished Teaching with Digital Technology Award- Graduate Programs. 2021-2022.

  • Isenberg Teaching Fellow, 2020-2021 (Inaugural group)

  • Lybrand Silver Medal for “Let me explain,” 2020.  Article published in 3/2020 in Strategic Finance. 

  • University Innovation Fellow, 2016 (Inaugural group) 

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

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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