Adam Baker, Ph.D. - Candidate for Director

Adam Baker, Ph.D., is a Lifetime Member of Phi Tau Sigma, and received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (2013), where he played collegiate baseball as an infielder. Adam went on the earn his M.S. in Food Science at the University of Arkansas (2015) and Ph.D. in Food Science at the University of Florida (2020). Currently, Adam is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Arkansas and performs research on pathogen survival and transmission in food systems. Adam’s passion for mentoring and teaching has continued to grow throughout his years in graduate school and postdoctoral studies. During his time in academia, Adam has had the opportunity to have great mentors along the way, which ultimately led him to the Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society. He is the 2021-22 Chair of the Development Committee for Phi Tau Sigma. He is also involved with the International Association for Food Protection as well as the Arkansas Association for Food Protection in which he has helped organize and convene multiple symposia and served the Student Professional Development Group in various roles. Adam continues to gain grant writing experience with Dr. Kristen Gibson and has published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Vision for ΦΤΣ: I am delighted to be considered for the role as a Director of Phi Tau Sigma. As I learn about leadership roles and volunteering through Phi Tau Sigma, I continue to be impressed with the members, and now mentors, that continue to lead the way. As an early career food scientist, my vision is to continuously find ways to enable students and early career professionals to become involved with and serve Phi Tau Sigma. These efforts will help food science and technology professionals gain experience in volunteering and leadership, which will foster the long-term health of Phi Tau Sigma for future generations.