Education Think Tank Selects Baker

December 11, 2013

Vicki BakerVicki Baker, associate professor of economics and management, was recently chosen to participate in the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning Seminar on Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Baker was among those chosen from more than 70 applicants for the honor.

"This is the think tank of mentoring work and scholars," Baker said, noting that the seminar extends over three summers from 2014 to 2016. "I am very excited."

Within the seminar, Baker will join scholars chosen from schools across the country to analyze and develop evidenced-based, high-quality undergraduate research mentoring practices in diverse academic settings. Baker will develop a project specific to Albion College, funded by the seminar.

"Liberal arts colleges have served as a 'test kitchen' for much of higher education," Baker said, noting that practices such as learning communities, theme-based residences, honors programs and more "were tested in liberal arts colleges before they were widely implemented in other types of colleges and universities. Being able to participate in this sort of research will be a great opportunity for Albion College," Baker noted.

A specialist in management and leadership development, Baker has done considerable research on the role of developmental networks in the identity development of doctoral students and early career faculty. She has participated in an innovative teaching partnership with a professor of organizational behavior and management at the American College of Greece through the Global Liberal Arts Alliance supported by the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Currently, she is a research associate on a National Science Foundation AGEP (Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) grant aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is a three-year project with colleagues at the University of Maryland.