Dr. Eaker obtained a B.S. in chemistry from Michigan State University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago in 1974. His Ph.D. thesis was titled "A Semiempirical Multiconfigurational Self-Consistent Field Theory." He was a R.A. Welch Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas from 1974-1976. He joined the faculty at University of Dallas in 1976.
Dr. Eaker is a theoretical chemist whose area of speciality is reaction dynamics. He makes extensive use of computers and computer graphics in his research. He teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry at the University of Dallas. His work has been funded by a number of foundations including the American Chemical Society, National Science Foundation, and the R.A. Welch Foundation.
In addition to his teaching and research activities, Dr. Eaker serves as an educational consultant to Texas Instruments. He has written activities and developed workshops to teach teachers innovative ways to teach science concepts and to apply new methods of scientific data collection and analysis.
Constantin College houses the undergraduate degree programs in art, biology, chemistry, classics, drama, economics, education, english, history, mathematics, modern languages, philosophy, physics, politics, psychology, and theology. All students in Constantin College are required to complete an extension core curriculum of about 60 credit-hours. The core is a specified set of courses focusing on the great deeds, ideas, and works of western civilization. Dr. Eaker was the Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts from 2005-2014.
Eaker has served as provost since Fall 2014.