Adjunct Professor Rachel Brand

Rachel Brand

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Rachel has over 20 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of environmental education, place-based learning, food systems education, and environmental justice. Rachel has worked with students from varying grade levels and backgrounds, from middle school students to college students. Rachel is both an adjunct professor at USF in environmental studies and is in the process of receiving her Doctorate of Education at USF as well. Her dissertation research looks at food insecurity on college campuses, and the role of student agency and collective action to address this issue. As exhibited by her teaching and research, Rachel is committed to student-centered learning and research, community building and environmental, food, and climate justice.


  • Environmental Education
  • Food Systems and Social Justice
  • Student Centered Education

Research Areas

  • Food Systems
  • Critical Food Systems Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Educational Equity
  • Food Security


  • University of San Francisco, EdD, 2022 (current)
  • University of California Santa Cruz, MA in Sociology, 2009
  • New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, BA, 2001

Prior Experience

  • Program Director, USF
  • Community Engagement Manager, USF
  • Adjunct Professor, Merritt College
  • Curriculum Manager, College of Marin

Awards & Distinctions

  • Mellon Scholars Faculty Teaching/Research Award, 2020

  • Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, 2018

  • USF Preferred Hiring Pool, 2017