W. Douglas Baker

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Professor and Associate Dean for the CAS

English Language and Literature

613C Pray-Harrold




  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests and Expertise

I teach courses on literacy and instructional methods for secondary school teachers and research methods for writing researchers. Currently, I am associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Introduction to English studies
  • Issues of teaching writing
  • Literacy and written instruction
  • Research in theory and practice in writing
  • Topics in assessing writing
  • Teaching English in the Secondary Schools
  • Writing for Secondary Teachers

Publications and Presentations

Green, J.L., and Baker, W.D. (Eds.). (2017). Interdisciplinary and intercultural programmes in higher education: Exploring challenges in designing and teaching. UK: Routledge.

Baker, W.D., and Däumer, E. (2015). Understanding understanding: Implications of interdisciplinary articulation for instruction and assessment. Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 31(1), 28-38. 

Baker, W.D., and Green, J. (2015). Transdisciplinary dialogues through interactional ethnographic studies: A commentary on Skinner. Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal, 22(4), 364-370. DOI: 10.1080/10749039.2015.1084327.

Dark, T. and Baker, W.D. (2015). Entering the Conversations, practices and challenges of multimodality texts. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education v. 4(1), 65-93.

Baker, W.D., and Däumer, E. (2015). Designing interdisciplinary instruction: Exploring disciplinary and conceptual differences as a resource." Pedagogies: An International Journal v. 10(1), 38-53. DOI: 10.1080/1554480X.2014.999776.

Baker, W.D., and Green, J.L. (2015). Exploring challenges in designing and teaching (inter)disciplinary and (inter)cultural programmes in higher education. Pedagogies: An International Journal v. 10(1), 1-4 (editorial for special issue). DOI: 10.1080/1554480X.2014.999776.

Dunbar, M., and Baker, W.D. (2014). Teaching as emotional labor: Preparing to interact with all students." Language Arts Journal of Michigan v. 30(1), 32-40.

Green, J. L., Skukauskaite, A., and Baker, W.D. (2012). Ethnography as epistemology: An introduction to educational ethnography. In J. Arthur, M. Waring, R. Coe, & L. V. Hedges (Eds.) Research Methodologies and Methods in Education (309-321). London: SAGE.

Baker, W.D., and Green, J.L. (2011). 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 Diverse Educational Contexts. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Baker, W.D., Green, J.L., and Skukauskaite, A. (2008). Video-enabled ethnographic research: A microethnographic perspective. In G. Walford (Ed.) How to do Educational Ethnography (77-114). London: Tufnell Press.