Rachel Braun

Taylor Institute Research Associate Program Lead

As Program Lead of the TI Research Assistant Program, Rachel facilitates the design, execution, and assessment of all activities related to providing students employed at the TI ongoing mentoring, evidence-based resources, and community-building initiatives that empower them as future educators, scholars, and professionals. In collaboration with TI staff, Rachel ensures that RAs can identify the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities related to their role, and can translate them to their diverse goals both within and beyond the academe. Rachel also actively supports EDU projects that connect graduate student academic, teaching, and professional development with SoTL research.

Rachel’s educational and professional background includes a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and European History, a year as a foreign language teaching assistant in Germany, a year as team lead for the Peer Roamers program at the Taylor Family Digital Library, and various peer mentoring and teaching assistant roles throughout the Faculty of Arts. She is currently completing her Master of Arts in the Department of Classics and Religion, where her research interests are how people face difficult pasts, and theory and method in religious studies.

  • Braun, R (2015). Graduate Student Teaching Development Guide. Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Calgary, AB, Canada.

  • Braun, R (2016). Curiosity as the “Middle Way”: A Graduate Student’s Response to Patrick Finn’s “Critical Condition: Replacing Critical Thinking with Creativity. Postsecondary Learning and Teaching Conference. Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Braun, R (2016). Reflections on Research Design in Religious Studies. Research in Religious Studies Conference. Lethbridge, AB, Canada. 
  • Braun, R (2016). A Thought Experiment with Life History Research Methodologies and Theories of Religion. CLARE Graduate Student Conference: Religion and History. Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Braun, R (2016). The Epistemological Features of Testimony in Paul Ricoeur’s Phenomenology of Memory and Philosophical Hermeneutics. 12th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium: University of Calgary Sociology Graduate Student Caucus. Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Braun, R (2014). The Historikerstreit as the Struggle to Communicate. Research in Religious Studies Conference. Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Braun, R (2012). Galenist Medical Philosophy, Gentile da Foligno and the Medical Response to the Black Death in Italy. History of Medicine Days 22nd Annual Conference. Calgary, AB, Canada.