College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Rachel Chaphalkar
Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Laurentide Hall 2215
  • Phone: (262) 472-2764
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  • Department(s): MATHEMATICS
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Research Interests: Mathematics Education

Ph.D. Mathematics, 2014, University of Montana
M.S. Mathematical Sciences, 2008, Michigan Technological University
B.S. Mathematics, 2006, Michigan Technological University

Courses Taught:
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I & II, College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, Infinite Processes for the Elementary Teacher, Problem Solving for the Elementary Teacher, Probability and Statistics for Teachers, and Modern Algebra and Number Theory for the Elementary Teacher

Recent Publications:
Chaphalkar, R. M. (2018). Statistical Understanding of Pre-service Elementary Teachers. Conference Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics, July, 2018. Retrieved from:

Chaphalkar, R. M., & Wu, K. (2015). Academic Service Learning Projects in College Introductory Statistics: Effects on Students’ Attitudes. In V. M. Jagla, A. Furco, J. R. Strait, & K. Kent (Eds.) Service-Learning Pedagogy: How Does It Measure Up? Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Recent Presentations:
Chaphalkar, R. M. Hough, W., & Samaranayke, G. (2019, April). Restructuring the Calculus Sequence at UW- Whitewater Wisconsin Mathematical Association of America Regional Meeting, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.

Chaphalkar, R. M. (2018, January). Future elementary teachers’ conceptual understanding of statistics. Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA.

Chaphalkar, R. M. & Harlan, A. K. (2017, April). Encouraging Students to Reflect on Their Learning Through Writing Assignments. Wisconsin Mathematical Association of America Regional Meeting, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Chaphalkar, R. M. (2016, February). Case Studies in the Classroom. AP Statistics for Teachers and ASA Wisconsin Chapter Annual Meeting, Waukesha, WI, Invited talk.

Chaphalkar, R. M. (2016, January). Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Variability throughout an Introductory Statistics Course. Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA.