Peter Baker

Peter Baker

Director, American Studies Program at Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Education Management

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Peter Baker's Overview

  • Internship Director & Program Faculty, American Studies Program at Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Project Coordinator at Liberty Renewable Fuels, LLC
  • Independent Research Consultant at N/A Independent
  • European Academic Term--Great Lakes College Association

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Peter Baker's Experience

Director, American Studies Program

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2009Present (5 years 5 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

• The American Studies Program (ASP) is an off-campus, semester-long experiential learning program in Washington, D.C. serving advanced undergraduate students from campuses across the country. Since 1976, ASP has served over 3,000 students from more than 75 colleges and universities. ASP students enroll in a 20-30 hour-per-week internship program, a professional mentorship program, a leadership seminar, and either ASP’s Global Development Enterprise study track or Public Policy study track. Students earn 15-16 credit hours for their semester’s work.
• Selected Accomplishments: Re-structured a Washington, D.C.-based experiential learning program for advanced university students to more effectively take advantage of the educational and professional opportunities the city offers young leaders; developed and implemented a strategic plan to redesign a project-based public policy curriculum and establish a separate client-based global enterprise and entrepreneurship curriculum; designed and employed evaluation methodologies that utilize a high degree of qualitative and quantitative analysis skills to analyze, evaluate, and improve student productivity and effectiveness in achieving program goals and course learning outcomes in seven courses; redesigned student surveys and staff performance evaluations to better determine the adequacy of existing program policies and procedures in meeting program goals; successfully led the program through an on-site evaluation of program curriculum and experiential-learning practices in May 2012, ensuring the program complies with the accreditation requirements of sending colleges and universities—the four-day review was led by a commission comprised of cabinet-level administrators from six colleges and universities.

Internship Director & Program Faculty, American Studies Program

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

July 2008May 2009 (11 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Selected Accomplishments: Responsible for individually guiding 30 students through the internship search process each semester, facilitating placements with congressional offices, federal agencies, policy advocacy groups, public relations firms, relief-and-development agencies, and think tanks. Led instruction of the program’s Internship course, including designing the course syllabus and grading rubrics, conducting mid-term onsite evaluations with internship supervisors, grading journals, and networking with current and potential internship work sites. Led instruction of the Topics in Leadership & Vocation course, including designing the course syllabus and grading rubrics, scheduling guest speakers, and grading papers. Led a weekly, 10-student discussion group throughout each semester to help students connect leadership course content to their professional experiences and advise on their public policy analysis assignments.

Project Coordinator

Liberty Renewable Fuels, LLC

October 2006December 2007 (1 year 3 months) Owosso, Michigan

• Liberty Renewable Fuels, LLC (Liberty) is a development-stage company, officially formed in June 2006 to develop, own, and operate a dry-mill ethanol plant expected to annually process approximately 40 million bushels of corn into 110-million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol and 354,000 tons of distillers grains (DDGs) for animal feed.
• Supported Liberty President & CEO, Dr. David Skjaerlund, in working with Liberty’s 31-member Board of Managers and its working committees on matters of construction design, debt financing, equity drive, ethanol and dried distillers grains marketing, and the potential incorporation of additional bio-technologies or complementary industries on site; responsible for communicating progress in working committees to the board at-large. Participated in strategic planning meetings between Liberty leadership and private contractors and vendors involved in plant design and construction projects.
• Selected Accomplishments: Centrally involved in the strategic planning for marketing a public offering of ownership units to residents in approved states to raise between $50 million and $100 million in equity to finance the construction of an ethanol plant in Michigan; led the implementation of the public offering’s marketing plan and managed its $1.7 million budget; vetted potential vendors and guided selection processes to facilitate a campaign utilizing newspaper and magazine advertising, billboard displays, radio advertising, direct mailings, telemarketing, and promotional materials for distribution at fairs and other special events; responsible for the strategic planning, scheduling, staffing, and training of board members for a road show of 89 investor meetings across the state of Michigan over a 7 week time period in summer 2007.

Independent Research Consultant

N/A Independent

Sole Proprietorship; Myself Only; Fine Art industry

March 2005September 2005 (7 months) Pretoria Area, South Africa

• Commissioned by the National Labour & Economic Development Institute to assess the impact of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) on public policy in the area of education. The study aimed to (a.) describe the strategies, campaigns, and issues that SADTU has utilized over the last ten years to influence public education in South Africa; (b.) assess the impact of these strategies, campaigns, and issues on influencing government’s approach to public education; and (c.) assess the role SADTU’s internal structures and procedural operations play in determining its effectiveness as a policy advocate. Assisted in editing a comparative study of trade policy in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
• Commissioned by Decti Verification Services (DVS) to design and implement its organizational transition from an internal office of the South African Mining Preferential Procurement Forum—a provider of Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”) ratings services to forum members’ supplier companies—to an independent, government-accredited BEE ratings agency. Produced reports proposing company policies and procedures on corporate governance, financial management and business operations, as well as an annual report template. Acquired working knowledge of matters relating to the historical development and implementation requirements of key South African legislation, including: the Skills Development Act, 1998; the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000; the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003.

Renewals Administrator--Photocopy Authorizations License

Copyright Clearance Center

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Services industry

August 1997August 1998 (1 year 1 month) Danvers, MA

• Responsible for administering the renewals of CCC’s Photocopy Authorizations License for over eight hundred licenses with a combined gross worth of over two million dollars

Peter Baker's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Ukrainian

    (Elementary proficiency)
  • Russian

    (Elementary proficiency)

Peter Baker's Skills & Expertise

  1. Organizational Design
  2. Political Institutions
  3. Political Systems
  4. Comparative Politics
  5. Policy Analysis
  6. Academic Program Development
  7. Higher Education
  8. Experiential Education
  9. Team Leadership
  10. Assessment Strategies
  11. Rubrics
  12. Learning Outcomes
  13. Public Speaking
  14. University Teaching
  15. Leadership Development
  16. Academic Writing
  17. Public Relations
  18. Non-profits
  19. Social Media
  20. Fundraising
  21. Editing
  22. Event Management
  23. Analysis
  24. Nonprofits
  25. Leadership
  26. Research
  27. Program Development
  28. Training
  29. Public Policy
  30. Political Science
  31. Community Outreach
  32. International Development
  33. Politics
  34. Qualitative Research
  35. Policy
  36. Strategic Planning
  37. Community Development
  38. Volunteer Management
  39. Management
  40. Event Planning
  41. Teaching
  42. International Relations
  43. Intercultural Communication
  44. Program Evaluation
  45. Administration

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Peter Baker's Education

University of Notre Dame

Ph.D., Political Science


Grade: Comparative Politics and International Political Economy

My academic research investigates how differences in sources of state revenue help explain differences in state strength (the capacity of a state to impose policy decisions on a society) and state structure (specifically, the role citizens play in the policy-making process). Additionally, I investigate to what degree changes in state strength or state structure can be explained by changes in a state's resource profile and, in turn, the leadership responses to two types of dilemmas that result. The state faces an operational dilemma: the need to find new revenue sources. State leadership also faces a political dilemma: for each new revenue source identified, either extract the revenue through coercive measures or through a political bargaining process. My projects initially focused on the politics of fiscal crises in post-Soviet countries, but they have recently expanded to include the role energy politics play in explaining state decision-making strategies.

Olivet Nazarene University

B.A., Political Science


American Studies Program

Political Science and Government


Spring 1996. Undergraduate off-campus study program in Washington, D.C. focused on the in-depth analysis of U.S. domestic and international policy issues, complemented by a 25 hour/week internship at Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute

European Academic Term--Great Lakes College Association

Political Science, Economics


Fall 1996. “European Academic Term,” Sponsored by the Great Lakes College Association: Germany, Poland and England. Comparative study abroad program visiting three societies undergoing political, economic, and social transformation, with a special emphasis on European integration, the transformation of ethnic and gender roles, and the effect of the European Union on these countries

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