Baker, Barbara

Senior Lecturer

Office:  JO 5.207


Ph.D. Communication (Rhetoric & Film), University of Southern California, 1990
M.S. Communication, University of North Texas, 1979
B.S. Education, with teaching fields in Drama and History, 1972

At UT Dallas. Dr. Baker is teaching the brand new Communication Core class, COMM 1311, Survey of Oral and Technology-Based Communication, starting fall 2014. Prior to coming to UT Dallas, Dr. Baker taught a wide variety of courses for numerous colleges and universities, most recently Collin College in Plano and Frisco, TX. The bulk of her career was spent as a tenured Professor of Communication at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where she recently retired as Professor Emerita, continuing to teach on-line courses for UCM as a part-time adjunct professor.

While at UCM, Dr. Baker taught undergraduate courses in film appreciation; film history; film genres (including courses in science-fiction/fantasy, comedy, and horror); religion and film; media literacy; women and minorities in media; introduction to mass media; contemporary rhetoric; gender communication; interpersonal communication; small-group communication; public speaking; and communication research methods. She also was the Graduate Coordinator for the department's master's program from 1990-2005 and taught numerous graduate courses including introduction to graduate studies; qualitative research methods; theories of communication; and seminars in cultural studies and rhetorical theory & criticism. She also supervised over thirty graduate research projects. She also taught outside the U.S. on exchange at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico, Mexico (in 2003) and the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, U.K. (in 1994). Prior to teaching at UCM, Dr. Baker taught part-time at several colleges and universities in the southern California area, and also was a graduate teaching instructor for both USC and UNT.

Dr. Baker's dissertation, which was a rhetorical-feminist look at current popular culture science-fiction/fantasy films, was a 1991 recipient of an Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association. Most of her research interests are in film and television criticism, but she also has published or presented work in interpersonal communication; graduate pedagogy; gender and on-line teaching; and rhetoric. Her interests continue to lie in science-fiction/fantasy film, cultural/media studies, rhetorical criticism, and interpersonal communication. Several critical studies have received additional awards, and she also was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta while at UCM.

Examples of research:
Baker, B.L. (November 2010). Building bridges across technology: Addressing the influence on gender in the on-line learning process. Presented to the Women’s Caucus, National Communication Association (NCA), San Francisco, CA.

Baker, B.L. (November 2007). The same old con of man: Faux-feminism and reaffirmation of patriarchy in The Da Vinci Code. Presented to Religious Communication Division, National Communication Association (NCA), Chicago, IL.

Baker, B. L. & Benton, C. L. (1994). Feminist ethics of self-disclosure. In K. Carter & M. Presnell, Eds. Interpretative approaches to interpersonal communication (pp. 219-245). N.Y.: SUNY [Book chapter]