Rose Baker and Colleagues Receive Impact Pennsylvania Award
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Rose Baker, a leader of the Penn State Workforce Education & Development Initiative, was part of the three-member Project Management for Professionals Team that won Penn State's Continuing and Distance Education 2009 award Impact Pennsylvania, Serve the Nation, Reach the World.
Wayne Smutz, Penn State associate vice president for outreach, presented the award at an August 13 ceremony held on Penn State's University Park Campus. In a letter to award recipients, Smutz noted that, "You can be proud of this accomplishment because we had many great nominations. However, it is your desire to go above and beyond what is required for your job that makes you stand out. Your work exemplifies excellence and you are certainly deserving of this recognition.”
The award recognizes an individual or team that is an active participant and leader in public service areas, exemplifies good citizenship in both the workplace and the community, and demonstrates concern for the welfare of the community.
Baker is the director of Penn State’s Center for Regional Economic and Workforce Analysis, a unit within the Office of Economic and Workforce Development in Penn State Outreach. She also is assistant professor in the College of Education's Workforce Education and Development program and a professional associate of Penn State Management Development Programs and Services.
Baker is a certified project management professional through the Project Management Institute. Her current research includes management techniques and statistical applications for operations improvement, economic and workforce analysis, occupational forecasting, benchmarking, evaluation of training outcomes, worker performance assessments, and job task analysis. Baker has extensive experience in the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of labor market data. She was appointed by Penn State President Graham Spanier to serve for a three–year term on the Penn State Commission for Women.
Baker earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College and an M.Ed. in Adult Education Theory and Practice from Penn State. Her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems, with an emphasis in Training, Technology, and Systems Design and Development, also is from Penn State.
Baker won the award with Jack Gido and Kent Matsueda. Gido recently retired as director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and is the former director of PennTAP, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program, at Penn State. He is also the author of the textbook Successful Project Management that is published in four languages. He has conducted over 80 workshops on project management and over 20 workshops on the fundamentals of industrial extension. Matsueda is an instructional designer in Penn State Outreach.
The team designed, developed, and implemented an accelerated course, Project Management for Professionals, that was delivered in a blended learning format to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and students with scheduling constraints. The hybrid format combines three classroom sessions with online sessions using ANGEL, Penn State's online learning platform, and a project based learning approach. Students select a project with their project team to put the skills and theory into practice. Instructors are available to comment on assignments and answer questions between classwork and project due dates.