Jonathan R. Baker earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Northwestern University. He then went on to obtain both a Master’s Degree in Statistics, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from the Ohio State University.
Baker has been with Columbus State Community College ever since starting his professional career. He currently serves as the Chair of the Mathematics Department. Before taking on this leadership role, Baker taught as an Assistant Professor and Instructor in the department as well.
Baker has accomplished a great deal during his 16-year career at the College and the Columbus Community at large. He has helped to expand web-based instruction and tutoring services for the College and Regional Learning Centers, led the Mathematics department conversion of courses to a semester format, served on multiple College committees, and participated in the College’s Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative in developing character and leadership skills of male students. In 2009 he was nominated by Columbus Business First as one of the “Forty Under 40”, and in 2007 was named a “Who’s Who in Black Columbus”. He has been a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist at CSCC, and awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award at the Ohio State University. He has also co-developed the Number & Data Analysis Module for the Ohio Department of Education, and co-leader of an initiative that improved the midterm evaluation process.
When not working, Baker spends his time volunteering for numerous activities for his church, and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is also an Assistant Coach for youth basketball and soccer teams, and active in Bexley City School organizations. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
In his spare time, Baker’s hobbies and personal interests include the following: speaking Spanish, public speaking, landscaping, cycling, basketball, non-tackle football, and fitness exercising. He lives with his wife, Courtney, and three daughters Sophia, Lydia, and Naomi.