Office for Prior Learning Assessment

Joyce Lapping

Joyce  Lapping


122H Payson Smith Hall, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine 04104-9300

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4867

Joyce has been the Director of Prior Learning at the University of Southern Maine for the past nine years. Previous to that time, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Advisor for Student Success at the same university.  As the Director for Prior Learning Assessment, she is responsible for working with students to assess college-level learning that has occurred outside the traditional classroom. The office promotes a process that builds a bridge between students’ practical, applied learning experiences and their theoretical college-level learning, and works with all schools and both graduate and undergraduate programs within the University of Southern Maine and throughout the UM system.

Prior to coming to the university, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at several other institutions including Kansas State University and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Immediately previous to moving to Maine, she was a test developer and evaluator in economics at the Educational Testing Service for the AP, GRE, and the NEAP programs in Princeton, New Jersey.

She holds an MA degree in Economics from Hunter College, CUNY, and a BA in Economics from SUNY at New Paltz. She also has taken Ph.D-level courses in Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri. In addition she holds a certificate from the Institute of Prior Learrning Assessment in the Council of Adult Experiential Learning ( CAEL).

She lives in Cumberland with her husband, and has two grown children... and three very blond grandsons, who live in California with her son. Her daughter lives in Washington, DC, and is an international public health specialist for Save the Children.

Though Joyce's office is on the Portland campus, she schedules appointments on the Lewiston-Auburn campus at least once a month, and looks forward to working closely and supportively with each of you.