Assistant Professor Rachel Baker has received the 2018 Dean’s Honoree Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Education. Dr. Baker was recognized during the 25th Annual Celebration of Teaching on April 26, sponsored by the UCI Academic Senate Council on Teaching, Learning, & Student Experience (CTLSE) and the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning. The event was hosted by the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI).
Dr. Baker was honored for her important contributions to the undergraduate Education program and for her collaborative efforts in developing a learning experience for UCI undergraduate students that is meaningful and engaging. As a former teacher and now researcher who investigates the impact of educational policy on access and equity, Dr. Baker brings a unique perspective. She can speak to the various ways that policy intends to improve educational opportunities for youth, while at the same time appreciating the complexity for educators who need to implement policy in their local contexts.
As an instructor, Dr. Baker designs lessons that employ a range of pedagogical techniques, including visuals to supplement course readings as well as the use of class discussion and group projects for allowing students to process and make sense of key concepts.
As a faculty colleague, Dr. Baker is valued for her expertise in higher education and has contributed to the redesign and improvement of the School's major in Education Sciences.