Purposeful Work Team

Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean for Purposeful Work and Career Development

Allen W. Delong



Center for Purposeful Work

Senior Associate Dean

146 Wood Street

Career Development Center

Allen oversees the growth of the Bates Purposeful Work Initiative and the integration of Purposeful Work philosophies and programs with the work of the Bates Career Development Center, and across the college. Prior to Bates, Delong spent 12 years at Bowdoin College in senior student affairs roles, working closely with the cultural centers, outdoor programs and the community engagement center. A native Mainer from “The County,” Delong holds a Bachelors from the University of Maine; a Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Marianne Cowan ’92, Associate Director of Purposeful Work

Marianne Nolan Cowan



Center for Purposeful Work

Associate Director of Program Design

146 Wood Street

Marianne Cowan headshotMarianne manages the Practitioner-Taught Courses and the co-curricular programming for Purposeful Work. She is the primary contact for alumni and others interested in getting involved with Purposeful Work curricular and co-curricular programs. She also advises Bobcat Ventures, Bates’ annual entrepreneurship contest. Before the Purposeful Work Design Team, Marianne spent many years fostering alumni and parent engagement through volunteer programs, events and fundraising at Bates, and supported public health startup programs, faculty development and grant writing at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. She holds an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Buffalo and a B.A. in French from Bates.

Amy Wooldridge, Associate Director of Purposeful Work

Amy V. Wooldridge



Center for Purposeful Work

Associate Director of Purposeful Work

146 Wood Street

Before joining Purposeful Work and Bates in May of 2017, Amy’s career path led her to enriching
opportunities in international education, student affairs and refugee resettlement work. She has an M.A. from Lesley University in Intercultural Relations and a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Texas. While a Texas native, she has lived in New England for 14 years and enjoys travel, culture, cooking and music. She is delighted to have joined the Bates community and is enjoying the role of Associate Director of Purposeful Work, where she manages the summer Purposeful Work Internship Program as well as the on-campus Student Employment Development and Reflection Program at Bates.

Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach

Rebecca L. Fraser-Thill




Visiting Instructor

Pettengill Hall, Room 369

Rebecca Fraser-Thill headshotRebecca has been interested in purposeful work ever since she received her BA from Drew University and had no clue what to do next. She spent her twenties earning a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and teaching in the Psychology Department at Bates, but there remained a lingering question of “what am I supposed to be doing with my life?” She gradually realized that asking that question through research and supporting others as they develop their own identities is what charges her up. She is thrilled to now be the Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work, in addition to remaining an active member of the Psychology Department. Rebecca has shared her thoughts about meaningful work in a variety of outlets, including The Huffington Post, HuffPostLive, LifeAfterCollege.org, and the Stacking Benjamins podcast, in addition to on her own website, Working Self.