Drysdale Receives CWIE Award

Drysdale Receives CWIE Award

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

By Kaitlyn Holbein.

Professor Maureen Drysdale, associate professor of psychology at St. Jerome’s University and research associate with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), has been named as the recipient of the 2015 James W. Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education.

The James Wilson Award is presented by the Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA), which is the American counterpart toCanada’s Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), to scholars who have made exceptional contributions through the promotion of research activity in the field of co-operative and work-integrated education (CWIE). The Award is not bestowed annually because of the strict criteria, but is only presented to individuals who have made longstanding research contributions and who have also provided leadership and mentoring to others in the field.

Drysdale certainly meets and even exceeds the selection criteria for the Award. Since being named the first research associate with WatCACE in 2003, much of Drysdale’s time has been spent promoting CWIE research. From 2008 to 2013, Drysdale served on the CEIA Board of Directors as vice president of research and surveys. In 2012, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (WACE) and she became the founder and executive chair of WACE’s International Research Group (IRG). In 2008 and 2010, she spent time as a visiting scholar at the University of Gothenburg and University West in Sweden where she helped to advance their CWIE research.

On top of her leadership in the field, Drysdale has also produced an exceptional body of work. In the past few years, Drysdale has won the CEIA’s Ralph Tyler Award (2008), and CAFCE’s Graham Branton Award (2010) because of her outstanding research contributions.

In 2004, Drysdale received a SSHRC grant to examine the role of co-op programs in post-secondary students’ transitions to the labour market. Since completing this study, Drysdale has received international recognition for her work and published a number of other CWIE research papers. She has also collaborated on numerous international CWIE research projects, spoken at various professional conferences around the globe, and supervised several CWIE-related theses.

Drysdale extends her thanks to CEIA and her CWIE colleagues across the globe for selecting her for this award.

Drysdale will be presented with the award on March 31 at the Annual 2015 CEIA Conference in Atlanta.