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 specialty is reaction dynamics. He makes extensive use of computers and computer graphics to understand the dynamical aspects of chemical reactions. 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 duties as Provost, he continues to teach physical chemistry, a course required for chemistry and biochemistry majors.
Dr. Eaker has served 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.
Dr. Eaker was the Dean of the Constantin College of Liberal Arts from 2005-2014.