Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Trinity University
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Scott Baird, Professor Emeritus at Trinity University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the English language.
Dr. Baird became involved in his profession because he was inspired by his parents, Vance and Faye. They were both born and raised in Nebraska and attended the same church college, which Dr. Baird also eventually attended. His father was a Lutheran minister and his mother was a kindergarten educator. Dr. Baird began his higher education at Midland College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961, and transitioned to the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Master of Arts in 1968 and a PhD in 1969.
The highlight of Dr. Baird’s career was the eight years he spent working and teaching in Japan. Becoming bilingual and learning a new culture has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of his life—for him, the world is now a more open place. He now has an understanding and comfort with other cultures, even those that are still foreign to him. Dr. Baird began his professional career as a high school teacher at Kyushu Gakuin in Kumamoto, Japan, where he worked from 1961 to 1964. After receiving his PhD, he went back to Japan and became a professor at the International Christian University from 1969 to 1974. From there, Dr. Baird came back to the United States to become a professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1974. He held that position until 2009 when he became a professor emeritus, a position he holds to this day.
In his spare time, Dr. Baird held a position on the board of directors for the Tokyo Woman’s Christian University from 1970 to 1974 and for the Good Samaritan Center from 1977 to 1985. He was a member of the Cemetery Conservation for the Alamo Area Council Government from 1994 to 1999. Since 1980, he has been a teacher and consultant for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Dr. Baird received an equipment grant from Educational Training Inc. in 1992, a writing program grant from the National Endowment of Humanities in 1984, and a research grant from The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in 1982. He has also been listed in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. Furthermore, he has been inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including the Linguistic Society of America, the American Name Society, the Association for Gravestone Studies, and the American Culture Association, among others.
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