Rachel Brunson

Rachel Brunson

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6713 Gleeson Library, Lower Level (G03)


Professor Brunson graduated from USF’s School of Education in 2013 and has been working in the field of higher education and student affairs ever since, specifically within the realm of academic support services. After serving as the assistant director of peer learning in the Student Success Center at the University of South Carolina, Rachel returned "home" to the Hilltop to work in USF’s Learning Center.

Professor Brunson is passionate about enriching student success and impacting student persistence through collaborative learning and peer leadership, making concerted efforts to cultivate individualized, equitable learning environments. She serves as the practicum coordinator for the HESA Program, and as an instructor for O&L 645: Practicum I in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Rachel is currently enrolled in USF's Organization & Leadership EdD program, intending to complete the "21st Century Leadership" track.

Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness Directorate Board Member, College Student Educators International (ACPA)
Student Life Professional Development Committee, Division of Student Life, University of San Francisco
University Appeals Board Member, Office of Student Conduct, Rights & Responsibilities, University of San Francisco
Education Advisory Board (EAB) Implementation Council Member, University of South Carolina
Peer Leader Advisors/Supervisors Network Directorate Chair, University of South Carolina
University of San Francisco, EdD in Organization and Leadership, in progress
University of San Francisco, MA in Organization and Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2013
Notre Dame de Namur University, BA in English, 2011
Adjunct Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, School of Education, University of San Francisco
Assistant Director, The Learning Center, University of San Francisco
College Success: Successful Strategy course instructor, University of San Francisco
Assistant Director for Peer Learning, Student Success Center, University of South Carolina
Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction, Student Success Center, University of South Carolina
University 101 (first-year seminar) course instructor, University 101 Programs, University of South Carolina
Peer Leadership
Academic Support Services
Student-Athlete Support Services
Awards & Distinctions

UMKC’s International Center for Supplemental Instruction "Outstanding SI Program" Award, 2016

Association for the Tutoring Profession’s "Peer Tutoring Program of the Year" Award, 2015

NDNU Class of 2011 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker, 2011

NDNU Saint Julie Billiart Award of Excellence, 2011

NDNU Board of Trustees Award of Excellence, 2011

Association for Orientation, Transition, Retention, in Higher Education (NODA) Outstanding Student Leader Award – Region II, 2011