Larry Baden | Webster University

Larry Baden

Larry BadenPosition

Associate Professor
Program Facilitator, Media Communications
Program Facilitator, Media Law and Ethics


Communications and Journalism 

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
MEDC 5000 Media Communications
JOUR 4170 Investigative Reporting


MEd, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Reno, College of Education. August 1996
BJ, News-Editorial Sequence, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, May 1984

Professional Experience

University of Kansas, assistant professor; and, University of Nevada, lecturer

Teaching Philosophy

"I don't have a teaching philosophy as much as I have a learning philosophy. I realize differentiating between teaching and learning can be viewed as a semantic, perhaps even a rhetorical device. Yet, I believe the differentiation is critical.Larry Baden,Mary Cox with Journal students

Think of the two words, thinking and learning, just in a grammatical sense. Teaching implies students being acted upon; it implies passivity. Learning, however, is inherently active.

I believe from my own experiences as a student and from studying how my students have been conditioned, that education has become more teacher-driven than learner-driven. The teacher is the dominant figure in most classrooms. Teachers dispense knowledge that students way too often merely absorb, following John Locke's contention that our students come to us as blank slates. Such a philosophy assumes sameness and, eventually, has the potential to undervalue curiosity, creativity, originality and individuality.

Yes, teacher is one of the roles I play in the classroom and in my students' lives. Sometimes I teach, but mostly I view what I do as creating an environment in which my students can learn. When this environment transcends the classroom walls and embeds itself into the mindset of my students, then I've become more than a teacher."


Larry Baden has had the good fortune of having spent the past 24 years in classrooms with students. Yet, mostly, he considers himself a student of teaching and learning.

At the University of Kansas, Baden was named the university's distinguished professor by the Order of Omega and Golden Key honor societies. He has three times earned inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Baden completed the coursework for a doctoral degree in composition and rhetoric at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Prior to teaching, Baden spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Missouri, Colorado and Nevada.


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Contact Information

Office phone 314-246-7616

Web Site

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updated 4/2019