JANUARY 19, 2005

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TCC faculty member named 'Oklahoma Professor of the Year'


Phoebe Baker receives the Carnegie Foundation "Oklahoma Professor of the Year Award" from Thomas McKeon, TCC president and chief executive officer (left), and Martin Garber, chairman of the TCC Board of Regents (right). Photo credit: John Hall (TCC)

Phoebe Baker, assistant professor of psychology, Tulsa Community College (TCC) has been named 2004 Oklahoma Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (The Carnegie Foundation) and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Baker is co-chairperson of the Creative Teaching and Learning Cooperative, an organization that promotes teaching strategies and leadership skills.

During her 20 years of service to TCC, Baker was a career specialist and worked for the Southeast Campus Dean of Instruction prior to her current faculty position. She has interviewed, selected, and assigned classes to adjunct instructors in her division.

In addition to serving in the TCC Faculty Association and serving on committees for provost selection and which formulated the TCC Strategic Vision, Baker has been an advisor for the Behavioral Science Organization, Oklahoma Student Education Association, and a campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education.

Baker has a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Oklahoma State University and a master of science degree in college teaching from Northeastern State University.

"Professors of the Year have distinguished themselves in their profession by their commitment to advancing knowledge and to motivating, inspiring, and empowering their students," said Lee Shulman, president, The Carnegie Foundation.

In 1981, CASE initiated the Professor of the Year program, naming one national winner annually. In 1985, CASE added state winners. Of the 46 state winners in 2004, only 7 (including Baker) are from community colleges or two-year institutions.

In the 20-year history of state awards, TCC has four recipients of the Oklahoma Professor of the Year Award--more than any institution of higher education in the state.

The Carnegie Foundation, founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie to dignify and promote the teaching profession, is the only advanced-study center for teachers and is the third oldest foundation in the United States.

CASE is the largest international association of educational institutions, representing more than 3,200 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in 50 countries.

Contact: Demetrius Bereolos, TCC Media Relations, dbereolo@tulsacc.edu