Dr. Joshua Baker completed his doctorate in special education with an emphasis on accessing the general education curriculum for students with intellectual/developmental disability (including students with Autism) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008. Prior to joining UNLV, Josh worked as a classroom teacher in West Virginia and as a Research Associate on an IES grant that focused on teaching literacy to students with I/DD. Since joining the faculty at UNLV in 2012, Josh has received close to 3 million dollars in external funds to help support teacher preparation, and his research. Josh's research continues to focus on K-12 general curriculum access as well as the transition from school to work. He is currently collaborating with the State of Nevada’s Department of Inclusive Education developing curriculum to assist teachers working with students on the state’s alternative diploma. In addition, he is leading a research project investigating a transition application designed to assist high school teachers and job coaches.
Josh currently teaches classes in Applied Behavior Analysis, Intellectual Disability, and Autism. He is also active in the community and has served on many state boards and nonprofits as a disability advocate. In addition, he has served as the interim doctoral coordinator, the creator and director of Project FOCUS, the co-director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the director of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst program.
Dr. Baker's research interest focuses on general curriculum access, universal design for learning, assessment, and inclusive practices for students and adults with intellectual disability and autism.