Rosemaria Maum is a retired educator from Jefferson County Public Schools where she worked for 27 years as a Spanish and ESL teacher, a Resource Teacher in the Adult Education Program, and as the district’s World Languages Specialist/Staff Developer. She was also active in providing professional development for teachers and administrators that focus on diversity, equity, and culturally-responsive pedagogy.
Her professional career has always been closely connected to her personal experience with second language acquisition and cultural diversity. She was born in Germany and, as an Army brat, moved around many cities and countries, including Italy and what is today’s Croatia. She is a fluent speaker of Italian, Croatian (Serbian/Bosnian), Spanish, Fiumano, and English, and has studied in an academic setting German, French, Russian, and Latin. In Europe, she earned an Associate Degree from the University of Rijeka as an International Correspondent in Foreign Languages, and once she settled in Louisville, her studies continued at the University of Louisville, where she graduated three times, once with a Bachelor’s in Spanish, then a Master’s in Foreign Language Education, and finally, with a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
Now that she is at Bellarmine, Dr. Maum is able to use her international experiences and apply them to her role as International Support Specialist. She evaluates academic credentials of international students applying at our university and, as one of our Designated School Officials, she issues Certificates of Eligibility to international students who have been admitted to Bellarmine.
When not busy assisting students in our International Programs Office, Dr. Maum loves to relax at home with her family and two cats, cook and eat food from around the world, swim at the Y, and engage in international folkdancing with her friends from the Louisville Ethnic Dancers.