Pima Community College
Mays loves teaching and working with students to improve their learning. She teaches and mentors a variety of students, from undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows. She has extensive experience in working with and coaching under-represented and first-generation students in the STEM.
She has served as a faculty member at Pima County Community College, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), since 2008. During her tenure at Pima, she served as the department chair for Sciences at Pima's East Campus and as the faculty senate representative to the Governing Board. Mays received her undergraduate training in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, focusing on Philosophy of Science and Consciousness. She earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Clinical Neuroscience from Wayne State University in Detroit, and then completed an NIH-IRACDA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.
Mays's current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success. Through her teaching, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities which are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, and self-realization.