Moira P. Baker
Professor of English
406 Young Hall
When I began teaching at Radford in 1986, I found I had things in my head unlike anything anyone had taught me--ideas and concerns excluded from canonical learning while I was a student but now fully embraced by the discipline of English Studies. My scholarship and teaching since then have immersed me in the theoretical cross-currents and "newer" social history that have revolutionized the study of literature and culture. Reflecting recent developments in the discipline, my work now focuses on concerns that have always been an intimate part of my "way of being and thinking"--questions of gender, class, race, and sexuality. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Renaissance, I teach graduate Introduction to Literary Scholarship, Women's Literature and Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Introduction to Womenís Studies. For eight years I served as a mentor in the English Departmentís Graduate Teaching Fellows training program. A constant source of delight and renewal, this program provides a community of dedicated teachers, both seasoned pros and talented graduate students, who are committed to serious reflection upon teaching practices and the philosophical principles that ground our work.† When I began directing the Womenís Studies Program at Radford in 2002, I found an opportunity to extend my teaching and mentoring into an exciting field that allows me fully to weave the warp and woof of scholarship and activism, theory and practice, teaching and learning, the professional and the personal into the fabric of my work.
Image Credits: (1) Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Canna, c. 1923 http://www.michelangelo.com/potomac/okeeffe/index.html (2) O'Keeffe, Black Iris III, c. 1926 http://siggy.chem.ucla.edu/~tim/Okeeffe/Okeeffe.html
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