Dr. Rachel Chaffee is a Senior Education Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History. She has over 17 years of experience as a researcher, program director, and educator developing diversity, equity, and inclusion research studies and programs in a variety of educational contexts. She has been building partnerships within and across universities and cultural institutions to create, implement, and evaluate internship programs and educational experiences that have provided students from historically underrepresented groups opportunities to access science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college degrees and careers.
Rachel was a Scandling Scholar at the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester and completed her Ph.D. in May, 2016. She has taught in higher education for over twelve years at both the graduate and undergraduate level in multiple contexts, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and private research universities. Much of her teaching focuses on engaging students in academic writing and research within and across disciplinary fields. In addition, she has taught courses in science literacy for pre-service teachers, research methods courses for Ph.D. and Ed.D students, and a course on feminist perspectives of science for undergraduate students. As the former Coordinator of the Writing Support Services Program at the Warner School of Education and as the former Director of the Writing Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rachel trained undergraduate and graduate student writing consultants and designed and delivered writing workshops and professional development for graduate students.