Title: Social Scientist, Professor Emeritus, Researcher, Editor
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Leonard Baird, Social Scientist, Professor Emeritus, Researcher and Editor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social sciences education.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Baird attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1962. He continued his academic pursuits at UCLA, earning a Master of Arts in psychology in 1965 and an EdD in 1966, and accepted a position as a research psychologist for the American College Testing Program in Iowa City. In 1969, he transitioned to a new position as a senior research psychologist for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Baird held that position until 1983, when he began leveraging his expertise as a professor at the University of Kentucky, where he remained until 1994. Until 2011, he worked as an editor for the Journal of Higher Education and taught at Ohio State University, where he currently holds the title of professor emeritus.
Dr. Baird cites Bob Pace, professor at UCLA, as a mentor and influence in his career. Under his instruction and guidance, Dr. Baird entered the emerging field of college environment study, which went on to become a focus of his career. He worked on the editorial board for Research in Higher Education from 1987 to 1996, and published several books, including “The Elite Schools” in 1977, “Understanding Student and Faculty Life” in 1980, and “Increasing Graduate Student Retention” in 1993. He has contributed numerous articles to professional journals and chapters to books, and has maintained memberships to the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association. Dr. Baird has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Sydney Suslow Award for Outstanding Research from the Association for Institutional Research, and was honored for his career contributions by the Educational Research Association.
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