Rachel Welder | Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Dr. Rachael M. Welder is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She got her doctorate. in Mathematics with a specialization in Mathematics Education from Montana State University in 2007. Prior to joining the university, she held positions as Professor of Mathematics Education at Hunter College, The City University of New York (2007-2015 ), Western Washington University (2015-2019 ) and Texas A&M University (2019-2022).

Dr. Welder has over 20 years of experience teaching a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate math courses. She specializes in math content courses for future elementary and middle school (K-8) math teachers.

In her free time, she enjoys meditating, playing the ukulele, visiting family in ND, trying new vegan recipes, and spending time with her husband and their seven cats.

Research of interests

Dr. Welder’s research focuses on informing and supporting the preparation and professional development of K-8 teachers and the math teacher educators who work with them. She is particularly interested in ways in which mathematics teacher educators can facilitate the development of mathematical knowledge of future K-8 teachers while simultaneously meeting their socio-emotional needs. In 2020, she served as guest editor for the production of a two-volume special issue of The Mathematics Enthusiast on “Supporting Mathematics Teachers’ Knowledge and Practices for Teaching Content to Future Teachers (Kindergarten to 8th grade). She is currently involved in multiple interagency efforts to (a) examine the design and implementation of tasks in mathematics lessons for K-8 teachers, (b) use mindfulness-based interventions to mitigate the harmful effects of stress and anxiety on teachers. and learners, and (c) conceptualize the knowledge needed by mathematics teacher educators for this work.

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