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Aaron Baker

Experience and Interests


  • Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, UW-Stevens Point (2022-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Toledo (2019-21)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Lourdes University (2015-2018)
  • University School of Nashville, Seventh Grade English; Freshman English; American Literature; Journalism (1997-2002)

Presentations and Publications


  • Baker, A. (2022). A multilevel analysis of White preservice teacher racial identity development with teacher preparation programs. A paper presented at American Educational Studies Association (AESA).
  • Baker, A. (2021, October). Ridding our practices of potential harm: Using racial identity development to create inclusive campus spaces. A Workshop for Wright State University faculty and staff, Virtual Workshop.
  • Baker, A.(2021,April). Unpacking racial bias. A Workshop for University of Toledo Student Affairs faculty and staff, Virtual Workshop.
  • Kumar, R., Baker, A., Berhan, L. (2021, April). Subjective culture and possible selves: How predominantly White institutions impact Black engineering students’ career pathways. American Educational Research Association (AERA).
  • Scott, Q. And Baker, A. (2021, March). Critically conscious antiracist leadership: Tools for authentic campus transformations. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Virtual Conference.


  • Baker, A.A. (2022). Climates for preparing culturally responsive educators: A multilevel approach for understanding relationships between teacher preparation programs’ racial climates and white preservice teacher’s racial identity development (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Toledo, Ohio.
  • Baker, A.A. (2020). Book Review: Isaac Gottesman’s The Critical Turn in Education: From Marxist Critique to Poststructuralist Feminism to Critical Theories of Race. Intersections: Critical Issues in Education, 4(1), 52-54
  • Baker, A.A. (2020, August 19). Critical self-reflection: Tools for unpacking seen, unseen, and unforeseen racial biases. The Sojourner’s Truth, p. 8.
  • Kumar, R., Baker, A., Berhan, L. (2020). Socio-cultural influences on motivation: How African American engineering students select pathways out of the engineering workforce. A paper presented at American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.
  • Baker, A. A. & Williams, S. M. (2007). Adolescent perceptions of diversity within educational and social settings: Implications of race and social class. Annuals of the Next Generation, 1(1), 3-21.


Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Studies Association
  • National Association for Multicultural Education
  • NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • American Psychological Association

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks was the last non-fiction book that I read and, Kindred, by Octavia Butler was the last fiction book that I read. I’m usually in the middle of a couple of books at a time.

Best advice you ever received?

Surround yourself with good, critical friends.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A teacher!

Favorite Quote?

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love interacting with diverse groups of students with varied experiences and world views. They inspire me to learn and grow, and when I’m teaching well, I know that I’m doing the same for them.

Aaron Baker
Assistant Professor - School of Education
Pluralism in Education - Program Coordinator
College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force

455 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Educational Sociology
University of Toledo, 2022

MBA in Executive Leadership
University of Toledo, 2012

B.A. in English
University of Toledo, 1997


EDUC 205 - Pluralism