Nancy S. Niemi is a professor with a passion to teach because it is a radical act of confidence in the power of people to change the world. As Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department, she works with pre-service teachers and teaches courses in subjects across the pedagogical spectrum. She is committed to infusing all her work with a focus on social equity and on how teachers can be social activists. She thoroughly enjoys being Chair of the Education Department, working with her colleagues across the University to make intellectual curiosity a facet of every student’s life, long beyond their college years.
Niemi’s research interests lie in the relationships between gender and schooling (teachers’ gender as well as students’), in the effectiveness of teaching on students’ political habits, on meanings inherent in classroom interactions, and most recently, in the ways in which the pursuit of college credentials might work against the achievement of women’s equity.
When she’s not working or otherwise making trouble, she’s cooking, reading, or buying shoes.