I began my career as an evaluator in 1998 while still in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying educational psychology, when I was offered a research assistantship with the Center for Computer-Based Instructional Technology on campus to help them evaluate the effectiveness of their Online Web-Based Learning system. From there I began branching out to other projects, which led me after my graduation in 2002 and a year as a post-doc to join Peterfreund Associates in 2003, the firm that eventually became SageFox Consulting Group in 2008. I was an employee of SageFox until 2019, when I struck out on my own to form my own company, Rath Educational Evaluation and Research.
In my time as an evaluator, I have been part of nearly 100 different educational projects, mostly funded by national agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The largest number of these have been in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, but I have also supported projects in disabilities education, history, and the arts.
When not working as an evaluator, I enjoy a number of hobbies, including writing fantasy fiction (see my site about my literary endeavors), learning about history, the natural world, and religion, studying Latin, collecting music, watching a wide range of movies (some of them of highly dubious quality) and playing tabletop role playing games with my two children and their friends.