Assistant Teaching Professor, Director of Online Programs in Strategic Communications
- Bachelor's: Shippensburg University
- Master's: Shippensburg University
- Ph.D.: Penn State
Michelle Baker is the Director of Online Programs in Strategic Communications in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. In addition to teaching, Baker’s responsibilities include overseeing the online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Strategic Communications, a fully online graduate program with a professional emphasis on analyzing audience data for digital media. Baker has been teaching both in-residence and online classes for Penn State since 2009, and she brings with her nearly 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. She also has experience working as a journalist and freelance writer, and she served as the assistant editor for Bucknell University’s alumni magazine.
In the online environment, Baker focuses on developing courses that are both learner-centered and interactive to foster community among students. She also emphasizes the growth of real-world skills by developing assignments that bridge to students’ future careers. Additionally, Baker has a strong interest in health message design. As a PhD student, Baker’s research focused on designing health messages to reduce stigmatization associated with health conditions. As an assistant professor at Juniata College, she and her health communication students partnered with a local hospital to disseminate a health message to promote better communication between patients and providers during office visits. She is interested in the relationship between the development of campaigns that promote positive health behaviors and community engaged teaching and learning.
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