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About Rachelle Kisst Hackett

In both my professional and personal life there are two characteristics I value in others and strive to express myself: I want to be aware and I want to act responsibly.  Although I am not a philosopher, I think of  "awareness" as a prerequisite for "responsible action."
Since research is a means of developing knowledge, I am very excited about being able to play a role in training others to design studies, analyze data, and critique empirical studies conducted by others.  In essence, I see my job as one of providing students with tools they can use to increase their own awareness.  As a result, I hope they will then be in a more informed position to make decisions affecting themselves and others.What particularly pleases me is when students are not only able to appropriately apply these tools in generating research findings, but when their knowledge of these tools helps shape the manner in which their problems are conceptualized.


September 2017 - Present Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
September 2000 - March 2017 Associate Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
September 1994 - 2000 Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • “The Best Paper Award” of the 5th International Conference on Tourism and Hospitality between China-Spain (ICTCHS 2015) was made to Baoqing Cheng & Rachelle Kisst Hackett
  • The Hoefer Prize For Student-Faculty Research/Creative Projects (2000) was awarded to Rita Johnson (student) & Rachelle Kisst Hackett (faculty mentor)
  • Spencer Dissertation-Year Fellow (1991-1992)
  • Educational Testing Service Pre-Doctoral Fellow (1986)
  • California State University, Fresno, Department of Psychology Outstanding Academic Achievement and Student Service Award (1983)
  • California State University, Fresno, Runner-Up for Dean's Medal in the School of Natural Sciences (1982)
  • Ripon High School Class Valedictorian (1978)
  • Ripon High School Outstanding Student Achievement Awards (1975, 1976, 1977)
  • Ripon Unified School District Trustee's Award Winner (1974)


  • EADM 354 Applied Inquiry II
  • EPSY 394 (now EDUC 326) Applied Multiple Regression
  • EPSY 395c (now EDUC 325) Quantitative Research Design & Methods
  • EPSY 214 (now EDUC 202) Statistical Thinking & Communication
  • EPSY 201 (now EDUC 201) Techniques of Research
  • EPSY 121x Learner-Centered Concerns
  • EPSY 115 Tests and Measurement


1994 Ph.D., Education, Stanford University
1986 M.S., Statistics, Stanford University
1982 B.A., Psychology, California State University, Fresno

Contact Information

Phone: 209.946.2678


Books and Book Chapters (3)

Books and book contributions written or edited by Dr. Rachelle K. Hackett.

Articles (9)

Journal articles by Dr. Rachelle K. Hackett.

Presentations (45)

Conference proceedings, presentations, lectures and symposium given by Dr. Rachelle K. Hackett.