Rachel Niemer


PhD, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

BA, Chemistry and Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College

Rachel Niemer

Director, Outreach & Access

Why I choose to work at Academic Innovation:

Technology has always been an interest of mine – for example, I used to wait in line at the local Apple store to get a copy of the newest operating system (and the accompanying awesome t-shirt). As I learned more about pedagogy, and faculty development, my dream job was to explore how to best integrate new technologies into learning environments, and in particular, how technology might make learning environments more equitable. Academic Innovation gives me a chance to intellectually explore all of my professional interests.

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Currently, I focus on implementing the Academic Innovation DEI strategic plan, exploring new ways for faculty to engage the public with their scholarship, and understanding how our center can best recruit, support and celebrate faculty innovation. Prior to joining the Academic Innovation team, I worked with faculty and administrators to support teaching best practices as an Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at U-M. Before moving to Ann Arbor, I taught at University of Rochester and Gustavus Adolphus College.

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