Practitioner-Taught Courses

2017 Short Term Courses:
Mediation and Restorative JusticeProject Management
Business of The Arts – Digital Marketing
Healthcare Administration

I learned an immense amount about myself and others, and the knowledge that I gained will be useful both in and out of the workplace. The discussions and readings were fascinating and engaging, and the field trips allowed us to apply hands-on the topics we had been learning about.

~2016 Brand Culture Building PTC student

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Short Term is an ideal time for students to dive into subjects in ways that are not possible during regular semesters. Practitioner-Taught Courses expose students to practical and applied areas of study that are not typically available within the liberal arts curriculum.

Practitioners-in-Residence, often Bates alumni, teach applied knowledge and skills in their field of expertise. Topics change each year to expose students to the ever-fluid global marketplace. Students develop skills and final products that contribute to their current and future career exploration and preparation for future work.

During the final week of Short Term, we celebrate the students’ innovative work with the Short Term Showcase. Students and practitioners present their final projects and key learning.

Past Practitioner-Taught Courses

2017 Courses:

Practicum in Business of The Arts, led by Sara Juli, founder and director of Surala Consulting

Practicum in Digital Marketing: Changing the Art and Science of Marketing, led by Ashley Hart ’91, digital marketing consultant, founder of Ashley Hart Marketing

Practicum in Healthcare Administration, led by Shannon Banks ’85, veteran healthcare administrator and Principal of BanksBellwether Strategy & Organization Development

Practicum in Mediation and Restorative Justice,  led by: Barbara Blazej P’96, M.Ed., and Margaret Micolichek, M.A, Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine; and Elaine Bourne, J.D., Community Mediation Services Program of Volunteers of America, Northern New England

Practicum in Startup Project Management: From Zero to Sixty: Project Management Bootcamp, led by John Stadler, serial entrepreneur in non-profit and for-profit projects, angel investor, school founder.


Brand Culture Building, led by brand consultant Peter Bysshe ’93, Bysshetank and Hitchcock Partners.

Consulting for Strategy Development, led by consultant Fisher Qua ’06, advising the Bates Residential Life team on a new peer health program. Using successful consulting techniques you can carry with you anywhere.

Filmmaking, The Creative Process, led by Wiebke von Carolsfeld, writer, director editor of feature films, including The Saver (2016),  STAY (2013) and Marion Bridge (2002) See the students’ final videos and screenplays here!

Journalism in an Age of Media Explosion, led by editor and writer Peter Moore ’78, most recently Editor of MensHealth Magazine, author of many articles and books, with guest speakers from every corner of the industry. See their news site Batezfeed!

Music Production, Recording and Mixing, led by producer Jonathan Wyman ’97, This Sounds Good production company. more…

Practicum in Entrepreneurship, led by Darrell Williams ’86, founder and CEO of Eighteen Ventures and HealthTech Maine.

Practicum in Restorative Justice and Mediation, led by: Barbara Blazej P’96, M.Ed., and Margaret Micolichek, M.A, Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine; and Elaine Bourne, J.D., Community Mediation Services Program of Volunteers of America, Northern New England.

Practicum in Music Production, Recording and Mixing, taught by Jonathan Wyman ’97, This Sounds Good production company.

Practicum in Urban Planning, led by Mike Lydon ’04, principal at The Street Plans Collaborative.

Practicum in Social Change Organizing and Advocacy, led by Craig Saddlemire ’05, Cooperative Organizer for the Raise Op Housing Cooperative and team taught by Sarah Standiford ’97 and Aditi Vaidya ’00.

Ben Schippers '04Digital Innovation, taught by Ben Schippers ’04 and Will Schenk, co-founders of Happy Fun Corp, featuring guest speakers, entrepreneurship talks and computer lab time

Graphic Design, taught by Brandy Gibbs-Riley ’96, principal and owner of Gibbs-Riley Design, featuring field trips to design firms and museums

Healthcare Administration, taught by Shannon Banks ’85, P’14, senior vice president at Martin’s Point Healthcare, featuring weekly job shadows

Social Change Organizing and Advocacy (see 2015 listing above)


Social Change Field Trip