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Dr. John Baker

(LEAD 500)

I am faculty member and the Education Coordinator in the Leadership Studies Program supporting the Center for Leadership Excellence at Western Kentucky University. I teach undergraduate and graduate leadership courses, conduct leadership seminars, and provide leadership education and training to off-campus constituents.

Having received a bachelor degree with a concentration in Geography from the United Stated Military Academy at West Point in 1980, I have also earned two master degrees one in Physical Geography from the University of Wisconsin (1990) and another in Engineering Management from Drexel University (2000). Recently (2011), I completed the requirements and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. The area of research I am most interested in is peer leadership, that aspect of leading other of equal abilities and status.

Prior to joining the Leadership Studies Program at WKU in 2006, I was an officer in the US Army, spending over 26 years on active duty serving throughout the continental United States, Europe, and Japan, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. As an Air Defense Artillery officer, I had assignments to Germany (1981-1984), Fort Ord, California (1984-1987), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii (1994-1997), and Japan (2001-2003). After attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, I was an instructor at West Point (1990-1993) in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering teaching Terrain Analysis, Climatology, and Military Geography. Later, I had the privilege of serving as the Professor of Military Science and Leadership at both Drexel University (1997-2001) and WKU (2003-2006). I am also a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (1994). I have personal interests that include physical fitness, golf, and family activities.

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