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Matt Baker, Ph.D.


Matt Baker

Matt Baker returned to a faculty position in June 2011 after serving three years as founding dean of Texas Tech’s University College.  University College provided administrative oversight and centralized support for all university outreach and engagement programs, as well as all for-credit distance and off-campus programs in El Paso, Waco, Fredericksburg, Junction, and Highland Lakes.  Baker provided oversight to TTU’s worldwide online K-12 program (77,000 enrollments in 2009) including 750 full-time high school students in Brazil.  In addition, TTU’s University College assumed the administration of the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Science in University Studies, and the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies degree programs with on- and off-campus enrollments exceeding 700 students and selected interdisciplinary academic programs including a growing Wind Energy baccalaureate-level minor and graduate certificate program enrolling 160 students Spring 2011.    

Prior to this, Baker served eight years as a department chairperson in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech, with previous faculty experience at the University of Florida (six years) and California State Polytechnic University (four years).  Baker’s research interests include creative problem solving, curriculum development in higher education, and adoption/diffusion processes of agricultural innovations by agricultural producers.  He has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career at the college, university, and professional society levels.  Baker received a B.S. (1979) and M.Ed. (1986) from Texas Tech, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State (1990). 

You can contact Dr. Baker at (806) 834-6358 or