Eastern Michigan University
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W. Douglas Baker


603B Pray-Harrold




PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests and Expertise

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. I teach courses that focus in some way on literacy and instructional methods for secondary school teachers and students. 

Presently, I am chair of the Language and Social Processes SIG of the American Educational Research Association. I am the coordinator for the English Education program and chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Committee, and I am one of the co-directors of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP).


Introduction to English Studies

Issues of Teaching Writing

Literacy and Written Instruction

Research in Theory and Practice in Writing

Teaching English in Secondary Schools

Topics In Assessing Writing

Writing for Secondary Teachers

Recent Publications and Presentations

Green, Judith L., Audra Skukauskaite, and W. Douglas Baker. "Ethnography as Epistemology: An Introduction to Educational Ethnography." James Arthur et al. (Eds.). Research Methodologies and Methods in Education. 2012.

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.). Sociocultural Positioning in Literacy: Exploring Culture, Discourse, Narrative and Power in Educational Contexts. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 2011.

Baker, W. Douglas, Judith L. Green, and Audra Skukauskaite. “Video-enabled Ethnographic Research: A Mircroethnographic Perspective.” In Geoffrey Walford (Ed.). How to Do Educational Ethnography. Tufnell Press (London). 2008.

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.