Sharon Baker,

Sharon Baker

Applied Professor of Deaf EducationMary K. Chapman Center 105 B
bakers@utulsa.eduAcademia Profile

Dr. Baker’s professional background includes working in educational settings and classrooms for deaf or hard of hearing students. She has been involved with the Center for ASL/English Bilingual Education and Research (CAEBER), the Gallaudet Leadership Institute (GLI) and The Center for Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2), at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Baker has worked on national projects related to educational and video-based technologies that facilitate visual communication and visual learning. Research interests include how languages are acquired through signed and written forms, socio-cultural and socio-linguistic aspects of the Deaf community, and diversity among Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Dr. Baker has been Director of Deaf Education since 2002.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Science, Deaf Education, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts
  • Masters of Education, Educational Administration, University of Oklahoma
  • Doctorate of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State University

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Outreach Consultant, Oklahoma School for the Deaf
  • Special Assistant to the President, South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB), Spartanburg, SC
  • Deaf Educator Moore-Norman Vocational Technical School, Norman, OK
  • Resource Room Teacher – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
    Chickasha High School, Chickasha, OK
  • Teacher of the Deaf-Jane Brooks School, Chickasha, Ok.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH)
  • American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Courses Taught at TU

  • American Sign Language I (CDDE 1003)
  • American Sign Language II (CDDE 1013)
  • Deaf History and Culture (CDDE 2383)
  • Practicum: Deaf Education (CDDE 3181, 3281, 3381)
  • Language Development in Students who are Deaf/HH (CDDE 4313)
  • Methods Of Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (CDDE 4343)

Awards & Recognition

  • National Technology Leadership Award Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Charleston, SC.
  • Award of Merit - Inter-Tribal Deaf Council.
  • The Lee Katz Award - A national award given by the American Society for Deaf Children in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to the organization.
  • Outstanding Educator of the Deaf - State of Oklahoma.


  • The Importance of Visual Language
    (2011)Research Briefs,(Center for Visual Language and Visual Hearing)(VL2)Gallaudet University
  • Fingerspelling and Reading
  • Recruiting diverse teachers: A causal-comparative study of recruitment priorities of preservice teachers in deaf education
    Referred: Journal Article, Baker, S., Rusher, M, & Daugaard, J., (2008). Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Cognitive socialization: Implications for the classroom
    Textbook Chapter, Baker, S. (2003). In J. Muma and H. Teller (Eds.). Proactive Deaf Education. Butte Publications: Hillsboro, OR.
  • Language learning in children who are deaf or hard of hearing: Multiple Pathways
    Textbook, Easterbrooks, S. & Baker, S. (2002). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Have you considered the communication needs of the student who is deaf or hard of hearing?
    Journal Article, Easterbrooks, S. & Baker, S. (2000). Teaching Exceptional Children, 33,(4).