Texas Tech University

Kenneth Baake

Associate Professor

Ph.D. New Mexico State University
Office:
363B
Email:ken.baake@ttu.edu
Website:http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/baake/

Dr. Baake is the author of the book, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science (SUNY Press, 2003). He specializes in the rhetoric of scientific literature.

Book
Book Chapters
Articles
Book Reviews
Other Academic Publications
Invited Presentations
Awards

Articles

  • Baake, K. (2013). The legacy of Charlie Flagg: Narratives of drought and overcoming the monster in West Texas Water Policy Debates. Texas Water Resources Institute/Texas Water Journal, 4(1), 78-92.
  • Baake, K., Kaempf, C. (2011). No Longer “Bullying the Rhine:” Recovering Narrative in Developing Flood Management Policy. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture."‘It's Now We Crossed Pease River’: Themes of Voyage and Return in Texas Folk Songs.” Great Plains Quarterly, Summer 2010(30), 171-82.www.unl.edu/plains/publications/GPQ/gpq.shtml
  • Baake, K. (2010). In Amy Koerber (Ed.), The Language of Work: Technical Communication of Lukens Steel 1810 to 1925. Carol Siri Johnson. `Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2009. 200 pages. (2nd ed., vol. 19, pp. 3). 
  • Technical Communication Quarterly.“Offshoring and Serving the Needs of Indian Technical Communication Programs: A Feasibility Study.” With Junhua Wang. Technical Communication, 53(4),
  • November 2006, 427 - 438."Metaphors in ecology: what is an invasive species and why do we hate them?" The Exchange: newsletter of STC's Scientific Communication Special Interest Group. Issue 13(3), September 2006.http://www.stcsig.org/sc/newsletter/html/2006-3.htm
  • “Archaeology Reports: When Context Becomes an Active Agent in the Rhetorical Process.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 12:4.
  • Fall 2003, 389-402.“Reason and Emotion: Teaching the Complexity of Arid Land Use Policy.”
  • Spring 2002 Forum, the Association for Arid Lands Studies regular journal.“Metaphor in the Writing Center: How to Place Enthymemes in the Solar System.” The Writing Lab Newsletter. Ed. Muriel Harris, Department of English, Purdue University, 25:1
  • (2000): 12-16.“Inside SFI.” Santa Fe Institute Bulletin. 14:2
  • (1999): 28-29.“What Is SFI?” Santa Fe Institute Bulletin.
  • 1997. (12 Oct. 1999).http://www.santafe.edu/sfi/research/focus/whatissfi.html.“Swarm on the Move.” Santa Fe Institute Bulletin. 13:1
  • (1998), 18-22.“The Giant that Ate El Paso Electric.” Crossroads in Communication. Proceedings of International Professional Communication Conference, IEEE, 1997, Salt Lake City, Utah

Book Reviews

  • Baake, K. Review of Don Graham's State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents. Lincoln, NE: Great Plains Quarterly.
  • Review of The Language of Work: Technical Communication of Lukens Steel 1810 to 1925, by Carol Siri Johnson. Technical Communication Quarterly Ed. Amy Koerber. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2009.
  • Review of "Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier,” by Jeffrey A. Lockwood. In Great Plains Quarterly, 26:2. Spring 2006, 130-131.
  • Review of Spurious Coin by Bernadette Longo. In Technical Communication Quarterly, 11:1 (Winter 2002).

Other Academic Publications

  • Rainwater, K., Hayhoe, K., Baake, K. (2010). "Quantifying Effects of Long-Term Climate Change on Precipitation and Evapotranspiration". In USDA (Ed.), Ogallala Aquifer Program 2009 Study and final report. Ogallala Aquifer Program: USDA Agricultural Research Service.
  • "Decision Making In a Quasi-Rational World: Teaching Technical, Narratological, and Rhetorical Discourse in Report Writing.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, June 2007.
  • “Benefits of Team Teaching a Course in Multiple Genres with Literature Faculty.” ATTW Bulletin, 17:2 Fall 2007
  • “Offshoring and Serving the Needs of Indian Technical Communication Programs: A Feasibility Study.” With Junhua Wang. Technical Communication, 53(4), November 2006, 427 - 438.
  • "Metaphors in ecology: what is an invasive species and why do we hate them?" the Exchange: newsletter of STC's Scientific Communication Special Interest Group. Issue 13(3), September 2006.
    http://www.stcsig.org/sc/newsletter/html/2006-3.htm
  • “Archaeology Reports: When Context Becomes an Active Agent in the Rhetorical Process.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 12:4. Fall 2003, 389-402. Article explored the economic context in which archaeologists write and argued that such context determines the rhetorical choices.

Invited Presentations

  • Baake, K., 9th Annual Thesis/Dissertation Symposium, Texas Tech, Texas Tech, Local. (February 3, 2010).
  • Baake, K., West Texas Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, Lubbock, Texas, "Hell in Texas:  Crossing between Sin and Salvation in Texas Folk Songs," Regional, Peer Reviewed/Refereed, Published in Proceedings. (April 3, 2009).

Awards

Research

  • June 1, 2006. Invited lecture for the Institute for Water and River Basin Management, University of Karlsruhe, Germany. “Water in the American West: How does the public understand water resources, drought, and policy?”
  • May 29-June 2, 2006. Conducted a daily guest lecture series in English for about 20 PhD. students at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany titled “Navigating Environmental Policy Amid Risk, Hazard, Uncertainty, and Irrationality: the Rhetorical Approach.”
  • April 16-19, 2004. Working Group of 12 scholars invited to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, CA. Topic was “Ecological Metaphors: Their Cultural Resonance and What We Can Do About It.”

Book

  • Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003, 245 pages. A book in the series on Scientific and Technical Communication.

Baake Metaphor and Knowledge

Book Chapters

  • Baake, K. In Alice Horning and Ron Sudol (Ed.), “Using Writing Standards to Develop a Moral Foundation for Economic Literacy.” Creskill, NJ: The Literacy Standard. (Accepted)
  • Baake, K., Bernhardt, S., Brumberger, E., Durack, K., Farmer, B., Ford, J., Hager, T., Kramer, R., Ortiz, L., Vickrey, C. (2008). In Michelle F. Eble and Lynée Lewis Gaillet (Ed.), Mentorship, Collegiality, and Friendship: Making Our Mark as Professionals.
  • Baake, K. (2008). In Edward M. Clift (Ed.), Teaching Rhetoric with Economics: A Canon of Eloquence, Truth, Lies, or All of the Above?. Mellen Press.

Contact

Department of English