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About Michelle Vazquez Jacobus

I have been teaching at USM since the fall of 2000, and currently teach in both Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as Leadership and Organizational Studies. As a lawyer and a social worker, I pride myself on being both a “professional problem solver” and a “professional problem maker” who analyzes issues from a range of diverse viewpoints.
My interest areas include multicultural populations, applied policy, community capacity building and issues related to empowerment and advocacy of disenfranchised and vulnerable groups. In 2008, I was awarded USM’s Faculty Service Award and in 2006 Maine Campus Compact’s Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence for this community engagement work.
I earned my B.A from Duke University; my J.D. from Stanford Law School, and my M.S.W. from New York University’s Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work. I live with my husband, three children, 4 chickens, 3 ducks, 2 geese, dog and cat in an old, rustic and collapsing farm house. I spend my “free” time grading papers, folding laundry and looking for my keys.


Present Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern Maine

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