Rachel Niemer

Director of the Gameful Learning Lab

Role: Rachel collaborates with faculty innovators from across campus to build learning communities aimed at further developing an understanding of how the innovations developed at Michigan can best be implemented in the diverse contexts of learning across campus and beyond. In this role, Rachel is a primary point of contact between the developers in the Digital Innovation Greenhouse and new users of the tools they build. Additionally, Rachel leads the Academic Innovation at Michigan series.

Experience: Prior to joining the AI team, Rachel served as the Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at U-M, where she specialized in health sciences educational development and instructional technology. Rachel has also taught pedagogy courses at the University of Rochester, where she was an Assistant Director of Learning Assistance Services. Previously Rachel was a chemistry instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a postdoctoral scholar in pharmacology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Doctor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Artium Baccalaureus in Chemistry and Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College