Dr. Baker joined the Esri Education Team in 2006 as an Education Manager in Industry Solutions and works from the Kansas City office. Tom leads initiatives in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) education, instructional design, and educational research. Tom is also a leader and ardent supporter GIS in informal and after-school settings and works to build a variety of educational partnerships.
Prior to joining Esri, Tom spent the previous ten years at the University of Kansas where he held a many research, technical, and teaching roles. In his final position, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Research on Learning and Center for Science Education in the School of Education. Tom was also the Project Coordinator and Co-PI for the NSF-funded "Extending Scientific Inquiry through Collaborative GIS" and Department of Education funded "KanCRN Collaborative Research Network" projects. He completed a Ph.D. in educational technology in 2002 with a dissertation directed at student attitude, self-efficacy, and outcomes when using a variety of technologies to complete a project-based learning (PBL) activity.
Tom remains active in the academic community, publishing and presenting frequently. He serves in leadership roles for committees, special interest groups, and advisory boards at the National Council for Geographic Education, the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, the Texas Computer Education Association, and a variety of NSF grants and non-profit organizations.