SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Bill Baker is professor of Biology at RCC, with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. A member of the faculty since 1970, Professor Baker is an innovative educator who has made significant contributions to students’ success at the College and beyond. He initiated Bridges to Baccalaureate, a program to help traditionally underrepresented students attain a four-year degree. This program, which is being replicated statewide, has been expanded to include all students and to encourage greater participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academic and career pathways.
Professor Baker’s expertise in biology and environmental activism has been devoted to effectively developing a sustainable green campus environment and a healthier Rockland County.
In addition to his teaching, Professor Baker has extensive administrative experience at the College, having served as Vice President for Academic Affairs; Division Chair for Math, Natural and Health Sciences; Interim Dean for both Continuing and Professional Education, and Professional Studies; and other leadership roles.
- BA Biology: Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Sciences, New York University
- MA Biology: Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Sciences, New York University
- SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, 2012
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 1998
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1981
- Rockland County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award, 2011
- Faculty Senate: Vice President/Secretary, eight years; Executive Committee member, 15 years; member, 1970-2004, 2013-present
- Chair, Hudson Valley Educational Consortium Executive Committee, 2004-2010
- Co-Chair, General Education Task Force, 1999-2004
- Steering Committee for LEED Certified Technology Building, 1994-2001
- Modern Lesson Plans in Environmental Science, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1972
- Modern Lesson Plans for the Biology Teacher, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1970
- Co-presenter, “The Potential Need for Additional Sources of Water for Rockland County, Including Desalination as Well as Other Possibilities,” Senior Awareness Day, Workshop, Rockland Community College, 2012
- Presenter, “An Alternative Mode of Learning: Mediated/Competency-Based Instruction for Laboratory Science Courses,” Conference of New York State Association of Two-Year Colleges, West Point, NY, 1995