Sharon Baker, EdD

Sharon Baker, EdD
Director of Deaf Education
Applied Professor of Deaf Education
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2910 Website Chapman Center Room 105B


MEd – University of Oklahoma EdD – Oklahoma State University BS – Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts


Sharon 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, she 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.

Research Interests

Early sign language acquisition and the use of fingerspelling alphabets throughout the world

Teaching Interests

American Sign Language
Deaf History and Culture
Language Development
ASL/English Bilingual Education

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Deaf Education Student Teaching
  • Literacy Development in Students Who Are Deaf/Hh
  • Classroom Management for Students Who Are Deaf Or Hard of Hearing
  • Literacy Development in D/HH
  • Practicum: Deaf Education
  • American Sign Language II
  • Deaf History and Culture
  • Language Development in Students Who Are Deaf/Hh
  • Secondary Deaf Education Student Teaching
  • Independent Study
  • Language Development in Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Professional Affiliations

  • Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Society for Deaf Children
  • Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Awards & Honors

  • The Lee Katz Award
  • Outstanding Educator of the Deaf
  • Outstanding Faculty
  • Award of Merit
  • National Technology Leadership Award