Judene Pretti is the Director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE). She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (BMath ‘97, MMSc ‘09) and Queen's University (BEd ’97), and currently pursuing her PhD part-time in the Management Sciences department at Waterloo. Her leadership of WatCACE involves oversight and contributions towards research projects as well as developing strong partnerships with key stakeholders at Waterloo and in the national and international co-op and work-integrated communities. Those partnerships enable WatCACE to identify priority areas for research and to share research findings. One of her current research projects is an investigation into the supervisor experience in co-op, a project for which WatCACE received a grant from the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation fund. In addition, Judene is currently involved with the Experiential Education theme group and is involved in designing, conducting, and evaluating a number of first work term pilots.
Dana Church is the Manager (Research) for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE). She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Ottawa and her research experience includes work in animal behaviour, youth health, pharmacists as immunizers, and Arctic data management. At WatCACE Dana coordinates a number of research projects.
David Drewery is the Research Coordinator for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) and is also a PhD student (Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies) at the University of Waterloo. David coordinates a number of research projects conducted by WatCACE co-op students and other WatCACE members. Since joining WatCACE in early 2014 he has been the co-investigator on three successful grants: two from the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF), and one from the World Association for Cooperative and Work-integrated Education (WACE). David is interested in co-op research from both educational and management perspectives. His current research aims to understand how multiple stakeholders can co-create excellent co-op experiences, and to understand how these experiences influence student development and organizational success.
Dr. Nada Basir is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. Her research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and organizational theory. She’s especially interested in how institutions shape entrepreneurs. Her most recent work with Dr. Margaret Dalziel focuses on student started ventures and the enabling role co-operative education plays.
Dr. Margaret Dalziel is an Associate Professor with the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business and VP Research, The Evidence Network, an evaluation consultancy. She has served on expert panels related to the evaluation of innovation support for the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, and Statistics Canada. Her research with Dr. Nada Basir explores the relationship between co-operative education and successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Dr. Maureen Drysdale is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo. She specializes in developmental and education psychology. As part of her work with WatCACE, Dr. Drysdale designed a comprehensive Research Methods Workshop for individuals or organizations entering into co-op research for the first time.
Lukasz Golab is an Associate Professor in the department of Management Sciences and a Canada Research Chair. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2001; with High Distinction) and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (2006; with Alumni Gold Medal for top PhD graduate). His research spans various areas in data management and mining, including data stream processing, data profiling, educational data mining and data analytics for sustainability.
Katherine Lithgow is the Senior Instructional Developer, Integrative Learning for the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. She is particularly interested in how to best help students connect what they learn in the classroom to the workplace, community, and social environments, and how students can transfer knowledge, skills, and values across contexts.
She coordinates the Integrative and Experiential Education series, a series devoted to strategies for fostering experiential learning, and the Waterloo High Impact Practices Group, a collective of Waterloo faculty and staff who support the use of High Impact Practices in teaching and learning, and meet a few times a year to share their successes, challenges and tips for High Impact teaching and learning. She has worked on a number of Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) funded grant projects. Her most recent LITE grant projects include ePortfolios for Career, Reflection and Competency Integration and Bridging the Articulation of Skills Gap through WatCV: Career and Competency ePortfolios.
Christine Logel is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Her research seeks to understand the negative effects of stigma on well-being, health, and success, defined in different ways, in order to design and test social psychological interventions to reduce these negative effects. For example, a 30-minute social-belonging intervention, in the form of an online reading-and-writing task, helps students frame challenges in the transition into university as normal and temporary. As a principal investigator with the College Transition Collaborative, she and her collaborators at Indiana, UT Austin, and Stanford University have partnered with colleges across North America to design, customize, and evaluate these interventions at large scale. Dr. Logel’s research has been featured in media including The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and the CBC, and is published in top-tier journals in social psychology and in education. Dr. Logel earned her PhD in social psychology from University of Waterloo and held postdoctoral fellowships at University of Colorado and Stanford University.
Dr. John (Jay) Michela is an associate professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Since the 1990s, Jay has led the Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting Group (WORC Group) as its founding director. His research in organizations involves management issues connected with leadership and teams, including teamwork that seeks entrepreneurial product innovation. His research with university students has examined (a) identity-based motivation toward career choice and (b) cognitive-motivational and experiential learning processes in development of employability skills or professional competencies. His interests in these topics has led to his collaborations with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) on research around these issues for co-op students.
Dr. Winny Shen is an assistant professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which refers to the application of psychological theories and principles to understand workplace phenomena, at the University of Waterloo. In particular, she studies issues related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, leadership and supervision, and worker health and well-being. Her interests in these topics has led to her collaborations with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) on research around these issues for co-op students.
Nancy Waite is the Associate Director, Practice-Based Education and Professional Outreach with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in researching co-operative education because she believes it is important to document what students gain from their co-op experience. Also in pharmacy, there are specific education outcomes and co-op delivers learning on a number of these outcomes. Within her research, she has published an article on the role of pharmacist coaches in enhancing students’ co-op experience. Currently, she is examining the role of communities of practice during regional direct patient care rotations. She and her team are interested in publishing their work on educational outcome achievement through a mixed experiential model.
Shivangi Chopra is a graduate student in the Department of Management Sciences at the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Waterloo. After graduating on the Dean’s Honours List and receiving a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, she joined the Information Systems paradigm of the Management Sciences department where she specializes in big data analytics. She is interested in issues related to the dissemination, quality, applicability and retention of education and she employs various data mining tools to get a deeper understanding of the same. Her research has contributed in revealing striking attributes about student entrepreneurs and how they benefit the University ecosystem. Her current research uses data science to examine whether a gap exists between what co-op employers expect from students versus what students desire from their co-op jobs.
Christopher Lok is a graduate student studying Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on stereotypes, prejudice, and achievement gaps, as well as creating interventions to address these issues. Recently, he has also taken up an interest in politics, looking at what factors might predict people’s ideology and their attitudes towards various issues. For example, he has briefly looked at what may be motivating Trump’s strongest supporters finding they may not fit the typical conservative profile. He is also looking to study potential downsides of preparedness training programs and the different reactions people have towards those who criticize the popular opinion.
Margaret McBeath is a graduate student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in issues related to psychological and health outcomes of university students and believes that co-operative education plays a pivotal role in student experience and outcomes. Her research has contributed to a greater understanding of the psychological outcomes for students who participate in co-operative education, specifically related to tacit knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-concept. She is currently working on a project that is examining the impact of sense of belonging, peer support, and social media use on the mental health and well-being of co-operative education students. This project has involved both qualitative (focus groups) and quantitative (large scale survey) methods. Based upon the findings, a peer support program was piloted at the University of Waterloo in winter 2016.
Paige Stirling is a graduate student in the Faculty of Arts, Industrial/Organizational Psychology department at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in improving the effectiveness of developmental experiences for employees and sees the co-operative education environment as an ideal ground to make a contribution, all the while positively affecting student outcomes. Many students undergo significant development during their work terms, experiencing several work-related situations for the first time. In this context, there are opportunities to study various stakeholders' roles in improving the effectiveness of these experiences: the employers', the educators' and the students'. Paige is currently working on a project that examines the impact of student reflection on the development of competencies used in the workplace to promote success.
Edward Yeung is a PhD student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo. His research concerns understanding people in workplaces, with particular focus on the topics of diversity and leadership. In collaboration with the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), he is currently examining the impact of various diversity recruitment practices on co-op students’ reactions to hiring organizations, the on-the-job impacts of these practices on their attitudes, behaviours, and performance during their co-op placements, and whether these outcomes differ across co-op students (i.e. by racial/ethnic group, gender, and diversity-related values).
Dr. James Downey was the Founding Director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) and was previously the president of the University of Waterloo. Co-operative education and its study is of interest to him because of how it has influenced the success of the University of Waterloo. His research interest lies in answering the question of how and why the University has been so successful in this sphere and how that success might be enhanced. He was instrumental in the creation of WatCACE and to setting its research agenda, thereby fostering a spirit of empirical analysis for co-operative education. While not actively engaged in co-operative education research at present, he remains interested in how the University can build on its singular achievement in this domain.
Bruce Lumsden served as the Director of the Co-operative Education and Career Services department (CECS; now Co-operative Education and Career Action) at the University of Waterloo for eleven years. He believes that in order to understand the learning process in the classroom and the workplace, and to connect the two into a comprehensive learning experience requires relevant and substantive research. As the former director of CECS, he oversaw the growth of co-op student enrolment and the construction of the Tatham Centre, a building dedicated solely to the CECS activity. Currently (and in continuing discussion with Dr. Patricia Rowe), he is particularly interested in the quality of co-op programs and how to manage the expectations of the various partners, employers, students, and institutions in the co-op program.
Dr. Patricia Rowe is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology and the former Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo. She began to investigate co-operative education as an extension of her work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, rooted in her belief in the importance of work in our lives. Along with her graduate students, Dr. Rowe has published a number of articles on various aspects of co-operative education, which have been recognized by the awarding of the Don Maclaren Award, the James W. Wilson Award, and the Tyler Award. She is currently studying work experience including its nature and effects on the young worker, and the various characteristics of work that are related to those effects.
Dr. Gary Waller is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and the former director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE). He chose to study co-operative education due to its clear positive impacts upon students at the University of Waterloo. As one of the co-founders of WatCACE, he has examined training for work, teamwork in the workplace, training development, and evaluation. He has co-authored and co-edited nine books examining the various aspects of human performance. While not currently researching co-operative education, he remains interested in the research activities of WatCACE and the development of co-operative education programs.