Professor Baker Co-Edits, Writes for Book on Higher Ed Collaboration with Communities


Professor Cynthia Baker has co-edited and authored a chapter to a book titled Town and Gown: Legal Strategies for Effective Collaboration. The book was recently published by the American Bar Association.

“The book explores how institutions of higher education are working with communities in ways that can increase the influence of both,” Professor Baker said. “The book is divided into four parts: an overview of higher education, its host communities, and the law; professional and economic relationships; public safety, health, and students in the community; and community and economic development.” Her chapter is titled “Three Trends Influencing Higher Education: Effective Collaborative Responses Required.”

Two IU McKinney alumni contributed chapters to the book. Heather McCabe, '03, contributed a chapter entitled, "Mental Health and Tobacco: Case Studies in Campus Health." Emily Benfer, '05, contributed a chapter entitled, "Interdisciplinary Health Partnerships between Graduate Schools and Host Communities."

"Both of these chapters make me especially proud of this book, which contributes mightily to one of the most important conversations this county is having," Professor Baker said.

Professor Baker is a clinical professor of law and director of IU McKinney’s Program on Law and State Government.

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