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Nancy Niemi
Professor, Chair of Education
Arts & Sciences
Saw Mill

    Nancy S. Niemi is in her sixth year as Chair of the Education Department at the University of New Haven. She came to New Haven in 2009 with more than 20 years previous experience in instruction and administration.  During her tenure at UNH, Dr. Niemi has firmly established the Education Department’s reputation as a nationally accredited body, and a leading provider of high quality educators. In addition, Niemi has overseen the development of two new degree programs and has guided the department through major changes in the ways in which digital technologies and graduate instruction intersect.  Dr. Niemi’s commitment to educational and social equity is also evidenced in her work at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) and in her research and publications throughout her career.  Her most recent work, to be published with Left Coast Press in 2015, focuses on the relationship between college credentials and women’s social equity.

    Niemi serves on the board of The Respect Institute, she is the President of the American Association of the Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) – CT, and has recently been working with the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning to develop better ways to include diversity in STEM curriculum.



    Ph.D., Teaching and Curriculum, University of Rochester
    M.S., Education, Elmira College 
    B.A., English, University of Rochester

    Recent Publications

    • Niemi, N.S. Working title - The Female Disadvantage: Women, Men, and the Value of College Degrees. Anticipated publication date, Fall 2015.
    • Niemi, N.S. and Smith, J.B. Otherwise occupied: Investigating the complex relationships between gender and college attendance. Submitted to Journal of Adolescent Research, July 2014.
    • Folan, T.J. and Niemi, N.S. (2013). Echoes of a Gay Narrative: Issues of Identity in the Recitatives of Benjamin Britten's Cantata Academia. American Choral Review 55(2), Summer/Fall.
    • Bozack, A.R. and Niemi, N.S. (2011). Merging part-time and full-time faculty into meaningful academic departments. International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development 18 (1), 1-13.
    • Niemi, N. S., Brown, N. & Smith, J. B. (2010). The portrayal of teachers in children's popular fiction. Journal of Research in Education 21(2), 58-80.


    2010 – Rising Star Award, Business New Haven, September.
    2007 -- Outstanding Article, Gender & Education Association, United Kingdom.
    1997-98, 1999-2000 -- Graduate Student Research Grant, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies.
    1997-98, 1998-99 -- Scanlon Dissertation Fellowship, Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
    1997 -- First Annual Allison B. Schmidt Memorial Award
    1996 -- Future Woman Educator Award, Delta Kappa Gamma Society