Rachel Faldet

"My goal for my students is for them to become more confident and effective writers—no matter where they see themselves when they begin the semester."

Assistant professor Rachel Faldet enjoys helping students shape their academic and personal lives in prose, and deeply read the prose of other writers. She believes everyone, be they transitioning to college or nearing graduation, has the right to have their voice heard. A Luther alum, Rachel grew up in small town Wisconsin and holds a degree in what is now the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. An active essayist, she is editor of the anthology Our Stories of Miscarriage, which helped break the media taboo surrounding the emotional aspects of pregnancy loss and landed her on NBC’s Today show. In one of her favorite freelance projects she worked with Decorah’s Spectrum Network, developing and editing From My Perspective, a collection of essays written by people with disabilities, celebrating their stories, their voices. A three-time co-director of Luther’s year-long Nottingham Program in England and frequent January-term co-leader to the United Kingdom, she has a harmless obsession with the British royals.