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.