Rachel Constance

Rachel Constance
Director, Gary and Linda Byers Institute for Community Health; Associate Professor of History
School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities

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Fr. Matthew Herttna Counseling Center - 260

B.S., Eastern Michigan University; M.A., University of Toledo; Ph.D. Northern Arizona University

Dr. Rachel Constance joined the Walsh University community in 2012, to teach in history and Honors. Her research specialties include the global history of science, technology, and medicine, with particular interests in epidemics and medical knowledge networks in the British Empire. She is currently working on a research project focusing on the history of global healthcare innovation. Other research interests include imperialism, political history and the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

An enthusiastic educator, Dr. Constance is known for her diverse teaching practices, including providing students with opportunities to create digital projects, engage in service learning, learn history through role playing games, and design meaningful and significant research. A strong supporter of cross-disciplinary learning, she has taught multiple courses in both the Blouins Global Scholars programs, and the Honors programs. For the Blouins, she has developed and taught such courses as “Gender and Technology in a Global World” and “History of Genocide”; for Honors she has developed and taught such courses as “Gender, Race and Medicine” (with biology professor Dr. Darlene Walro) and “History of Space Travel.” In addition to course development, Dr. Constance has mentored interdisciplinary Honors theses from nursing majors, bio pre-med majors, government and foreign affair majors, education majors, and history majors. 

Dr. Constance has presented her research at professional conferences across the country and has been a roundtable panelist and commentator for the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences and the 59th Annual Midwest Conference on British Studies. She has also shared her expertise in various publications, including the recently published book, First World War: A Centennial Assessment. 

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Constance is actively involved on and off campus. She led a Rome Experience Global Learning trip to Italy in 2014, and she has frequently chaperoned the annual Washington, D.C., trip for students. Her commitment to Walsh University also includes serving as the Humanities Representative for the Honors Committee, since 2013. She is also a Conference Chaperone for Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society. She has served the North Canton community since 2014, as Secretary for the Board of the North Canton Heritage Society.