Stephanie Baker

Research Associate

STEM Evaluation Services


Stephanie Baker joined TACC in 2019 as a member of the STEM Evaluation Services team. She conducts internal and external evaluations of STEM education programs and participates in research projects and outreach programs within TACC's Expanding Pathways in Computing (EPIC) division. Prior to joining TACC, she served as a research associate at The University of Texas at Austin's STEM Center in the College of Education. Stephanie's primary research focuses on developing novel methods for assessing and addressing cognitive and non-cognitive factors crucial for student success in STEM subjects. Recently, she has begun exploring how to apply innovative tools and techniques used by data scientists to education research.


Areas of Research and Interest

  • Survey design
  • Practical measures
  • Natural language processing
  • Improvement research
  • Equity in STEM fields
  • Non-cognitive factors (e.g., math sense of belonging)

Current Projects

  • The University of Texas at Austin Charles A. Dana Center's Mathematics Educator Professional Development System for the Louisiana Department of Education
  • UTeach and NYC: A Design Research Partnership to Expand and Improve High School Computer Science Education for Underrepresented Urban Youth
  • The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Improving Retention in Engineering by Incorporating Applications in Freshman Calculus
  • Digital Media Academy's Teen Tech Camps
  • WeTeach_CS
  • Rural Opportunities in CS

Education

PhD, Mathematics Education
The University of Texas at Austin

MS, Mathematics
The University of Texas-Pan American