PhD, UC Santa Barbara
After eleven years of teaching high school English in central California, I returned to graduate school to learn more about teaching and learning and how to prepare teachers for the classroom. I arrived at Michigan in 2001 to begin my career at EMU, and I’ve learned to appreciate the hand as a map, the passing of winter (although snow fall can be peaceful and beautiful), and the many running trails in the area.
As an English educator I live within a variety of academic worlds, the disciplines that constitute the English department (e.g., Linguistics, Literature, and Writing) and academic courses and services offered by the College of Education. I mainly teach courses that focus in some way on writing and instructional methods for secondary school teachers and students. I love teaching at EMU and often work with students beyond the classroom to help them develop as classroom teachers and leaders in education.
Locally, I coordinate accreditation demands of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the English department in conjunction with the College of Education. I co-direct the Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP), presently as an administrative director of Inkstains, young writers’ camps for middle and high school students. I co-edit Language Arts Journal of Michigan, sponsored by Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE), and I currently serve as treasurer of Language and Social Processes, a special interest group of American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Introduction to Children’s Literature
Issues of Teaching Writing (F 2007)
Language, Style and Technology
Literacy and Written Instruction
Research in Theory and Practice in Writing (W 2008)
Teaching English in Secondary Schools
Topic In Assessing Writing
Writing for Writing Teachers
Baker, W. Douglas and Judith L. Green. “A Microethnographic Approach to Exploring Positioning Theory as Educational Action.” In C. Brock, M. McVee & J. Glazier, Eds. Positioning Theory. Forthcoming.
Baker, W. Douglas, Judith L. Green, and Audra Skukauskaite. “Video-enabled Ethnographic Research: A Mircroethnographic Perspective.” In Geoffrey Walford, Ed. How Do You Do Educational Ethnography. Forthcoming, Tufnell Press (London).
Baker, W. Douglas and Judith L. Green. “Limits to Certainty in Interpreting Video Data: Interactional Ethnography and Disciplinary Knowledge.” Pedagogies, v. 2 (3), July 2007.
Baker, W. Douglas. “English Language Arts, Basketball and Poetry Collide.” English Journal, v. 96 (5), pp. 37-41. May 2007.
Baker, W. Douglas & Jonathan Bush. “Teachers as Activists: Advocating for Their Practices and Students.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan. August 2006.