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Richard A. Baker Jr.

Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction/Accountability Coordinator

Office Stewart Hall 235                                                                                                                                                   
Phone 225 771 2079


Ph.D.   Louisiana State University (2011)
M. Ed.  University of New Orleans (2002)
B. S.    Ball State University (1997) 

Areas of Concentration

Middle Level Education

Curriculum Theory

Music Education Curriculum

School and District Leadership

Testing and Evaluation


Dr. Baker began serving Louisiana in St. Charles Parish Public Schools. He is certified as a music educator, principal, supervisor of instruction, and supervisor of student teachers. He served the state as the Fine Arts Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education from 2002-2013. There he oversaw the Louisiana Arts Content Standards and supervised the creation of the Model Arts Lessons for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.  

In addition to published works in Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, and Arts Education Policy Review; Dr. Baker has presented more than fifty professional development sessions on topics such as classroom discipline, leadership training for principals, arts standards awareness, and singing for dancers. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. His life mission is to see that every student has access to excellent arts education.

Dr. Baker has served on both state and national grants panels. He is currently serving the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards on the music standards writing team. He is a member of National Association for Music Education and the State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education. Dr. Baker has served as an interim music director for First United Methodist Church and St. John's United Methodist Church. He is one of the music directors at Theatre Baton Rouge.