Rachel Toncelli

Part Time Lecturer



Rachel Toncelli is a Lecturer for NU Immerse and Global Pathways, where she teaches English language courses to undergraduate and graduate international students. Her current scholarly research explores how English language educators develop critical AI literacy and how AI can be purposefully leveraged to support teaching and learning.


She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Anthropology from Tulane University, a Master's degree in TESOL from Rhode Island College, and a doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Northeastern University. Her doctoral research focused on the use of storytelling to foster asset-based perspectives of cultural and linguistic diversity.

Professional Experience

Prior to her role at Northeastern, Rachel taught a variety of English language courses at a undergraduate and graduate levels, worked in TESOL teacher education, and was the Director of English Language Learning at Brown University. Rachel also currently works as an educational consultant, where she partners with K-12 teachers to better support multilingual learners.