Rachel Niemer

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Role: Rachel Niemer is the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan (U-M). In this role, Rachel coordinates the Product Management, Public Engagement, and Behavioral Science teams in their work as thought-partners with faculty. Rachel helps establish the vision for designing new and engaging learning environments using best practices from industry paired with findings from the learning and motivational sciences.

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