Jennifer (Jen) Baker’s expertise is in the interdependence of communication theory and practice, where she strives to help others find true confidence in their communication and interaction with others. She is an experienced writer with a background in marketing, corporate communication, and technical writing; she has been teaching communication courses for almost 20 years, starting at the University of Texas at Austin, moving onto the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and now at Northwestern University. Baker has worked at a marketing company, an engineering firm, and a variety of educational institutions. Artistically, she has founded an inner-city high school speech/debate team, assisted with photography and animation in independent films, and produced a radio show on communication. Personally, Baker lives in Evanston IL and is raising two young children, along with her elderly canine.
Courses taught include Theories of Persuasion, Business Communication, Collective Decision-Making and Communication in Organizations, Strategic Communication, Using Data to Make Informed Decisions, and Professional Communication Skills. Baker also teaches practicum and field study courses where she is able to champion both the theory of communication and the practical nature of interaction in organizations through the experiential learning model. In her workspace, she has been awarded the SPS Distinguished Teaching Award and has been called the happiest professor that a student has ever known. Baker received her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.