Associate Professor

As an early advocate of service-learning, one of Dan's greatest accomplishments has been the students he has provided with meaningful project-based learning experiences. He strives to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, the discipline to engage in complex problems, and the cultivation of hope in a challenging world. Many of Dan’s students have received honors for their work with him.

Dan has worked on the Mobile Home Project for the last decade, which has generated valuable information about park communities in Vermont through resident surveys, informed community organizing efforts, and raised awareness about park issues in the affordable housing community.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Planning for the future of affordable housing in mobile home parks
  • Assessment and planning for a Hispanic Agricultural Labor Force in Vermont
  • Technology Transfer to Honduras
  • Integration of Engineering and Community Development


  • Baker, D., S. Hamshaw, K. Hamshaw (2014) Rapid Flood Exposure Assessment of Vermont Mobile Home Parks Following Tropical Storm Irene. Natural Hazards Review. 15:1, 27-37
  • Luciano,P., Baker, D., Hamshaw, K. and Riegler, N. (2013) Report on the Viability and Disaster Resilience of Mobile Home Ownership and Parks. Vermont Dept. of Housing and Community Development. Montpelier, VT.
  • Baker, D. (2013) Latino Dairy Workers in Vermont Communities & Banking 24: 2, 5-7. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Boston.
  • Baker, D., Chappelle, D. (2012). Health Status and Needs of Migrant Farm Workers in Vermont. Journal of Agromedicine.
  • Baker, D., Chappelle, D. (2012). In Vermont, Se Habla Español. Experiences In Occupational Spanish Instruction. Journal of Extension.
  • Baker, D., Hamshaw, K., Beach, C. (2011). Facilitating Change in Rural Mobile Home Parks: A Collaborative Action Research Approach. Journal of Rural and Community Development.
  • Baker, D., K. Hamshaw, J. Kolodinsky, (2009). Who Shops at the Market? Using Consumer Surveys to Grow Farmers’ Markets: Findings from a Regional Market in Northwestern Vermont. Journal of Extension.
  • Baker, D., Kolodinsky, J., Koliba, C., McMahon, N., Patterson, T. (2009). Moving Toward a Transdisciplinary Approach in the Land Grant System. NACTA Journal. North American College and Teachers of Agriculture.
  • Baker, D., Refsgaard, K., (2007). Institutional Development and Scale-Matching in Disaster Response Management. Journal of Ecological Economics.
  • Baker, D., Farley, J., Koliba, C. (2007). Opening the Policy Window for Ecological Economics: Katrina as a Focusing Event. Journal of Ecological Economics.
  • Baker, D. (2006). Ecological Development Through Service-Learning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. v.11 n.1 p.145-159
  • Baker, D. (1999). Diversifying an Organic Grain System: Spring Wheat and Edible Bean Variety Trials. Results published in Northeast SARE “Innovations”.
  • Baker, D., Altemose, C., Senesac, J. (1998). Forage Soybean and Corn Research Trial, UVM Crops, University of Vermont.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Carrigan Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising
  • 2012 North American College & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit.
  • 2010 Vermont Campus Compact's 2010 Campus/Community Partnership Award.
  • 2006 Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award for “excellence and innovation providing service-learning that supports students and the community” - UVM Office of Community-University Partnerships Service-Learning.
  • 2003 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2000 Vermont Land Trust’s Richard W. Corbin Community Conservation Award.
Dan Baker

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

community planning, sustainable rural development, tech transfer


  • PhD 2007 University of Vermont
  • MS 1995 University of Vermont


  • 802.656.0040
Office Location:

205E Morrill Hall

Courses Taught

  • CDAE 002: SU: D2:World Food, Population, and Sustainable Development
  • CDAE 171 SL: Community and Internatial Economic Transformation
  • CDAE 273 SL: Project Development and Planning