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 with others. She is an experienced teacher and mentor who has taught communication courses at the University of Texas at Austin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and currently at Northwestern University. Courses taught include: Theories of Persuasion, Collective Decision-Making and Communication, Social Media and Relational Communication, and Professional Communication Skills, among others. She has also taught field study courses where she is able to champion both the theory of communication and the practical nature of interaction in our daily communication through the experiential learning model. Jen has found that one of the most important skills in learning how to communicate effectively is awareness and acceptance of ourselves.
Professionally, she has worked at a marketing company, an engineering firm, and in a variety of academic settings. Artistically, Jen has founded an inner-city high school speech/debate team, assisted with photography and animation in independent films, and produced a radio show on relational communication. In her workspace, she has been called the happiest professor that a student has ever known. Jen received her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.