Marshall Baker

Faculty and Affiliate

Mar­shall Bak­er is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at North Car­oli­na State Uni­ver­si­ty, where his research focus­es on expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing as a mech­a­nism for build­ing and grow­ing rur­al youth and communities.

Dr. Bak­er was raised in rur­al Amer­i­ca on a fam­i­ly farm, where he devel­oped his pas­sion for agri­cul­ture, expe­ri­en­tial approach­es to learn­ing, and the role of pub­lic edu­ca­tion in build­ing rur­al vital­i­ty. Mar­shall received both a Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree and a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da, focus­ing on edu­ca­tion­al psy­chol­o­gy and agri­cul­tur­al edu­ca­tion. He received his Ph.D. from Okla­homa State Uni­ver­si­ty, where his award-win­ning dis­ser­ta­tion explored the causal effects of an expe­ri­en­tial approach to learning.

His pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ences include serv­ing as the direc­tor of youth lead­er­ship for the Nation­al Future Farm­ers of Amer­i­ca orga­ni­za­tion, teach­ing at an inner-city school for at-risk youth under the Big Pic­ture teach­ing frame­work, teach­ing at a large high school in Rio Ran­cho, New Mex­i­co, and ulti­mate­ly serv­ing as the lead prin­ci­pal of a large pub­lic school in Still­wa­ter, Okla­homa. He also was elect­ed to the Still­wa­ter Board of Edu­ca­tion, where he served the dis­trict for two years. Dr. Bak­er served as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at Okla­homa State Uni­ver­si­ty before mov­ing to North Car­oli­na State University.

In his cur­rent role, Dr. Bak­er teach­es an under­grad­u­ate course in expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, has pub­lished more than 20 arti­cles relat­ed to expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, and has secured over 3 mil­lion dol­lars in exter­nal fund­ing focused on devel­op­ing more expe­ri­en­tial cur­ricu­lum and meth­ods of teacher preparation.