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Teaching Excellence Award recipient W. Douglas Baker
College of Arts and Sciences - English and Literature

by Emma Krzyzaniak, Published October 9, 2013


Baker has been a professor at EMU since 2006. Currently, he is the chair for Language and Social Processes of the American Educational Research Association; the faculty chair for College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee; coordinator for the English education program; and co-director of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. He also is the former editor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan.

Baker has dedicated much of his time to inspiring students to reach their full potential. He works to motivate students in the classroom as well as out of the classroom, while encouraging them to look at their weaknesses and work to improve them. He is known to have a very approachable demeanor, allowing students to feel comfortable talking openly with him. In addition to the many teaching and advising awards he has won, in 2013, he was awarded the EMU Graduate Faculty Advisor Award.

Baker focuses his efforts on the education and preparation of teachers. His research interests include: classroom discourse and the role it plays in how students learn disciplinary knowledge; the role of reflexivity in teaching; assessment of student learning; and ethnographic approaches to studying classroom interactions.



Join us in celebrating Doug's accomplishment at the 53rd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, November 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250.