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Co-op and Internships and Clincials, Oh My!

A panel discussion around the many different forms of work-integrated learning 

 Dr. Nancy Johnston Moderator:

Dr. Nancy Johnston: President of the World Association for Co-op and Work Integrated Education (WACE)

Dr. Nancy Johnston is the President of the World Association for Co-operative and Work Integrated Education having completed her career at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC Canada, in the role of Vice Provost Students and International. Nancy was the former Executive Director of Student Learning and Retention and previous Director of Co-operative Education at SFU, as well as a leader in pioneering the implementation of Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) at the institution. She currently holds an adjunct professorship in the Faculty of Education where she teaches in the areas of experiential and work integrated learning and works with graduate students.

She is a faculty member of WACE’s Institute on High Impact Experiential Learning, and a founding member of the World, National and Provincial WIL Research Committees. She was also a member of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Board and has published in co-op and international education related journals and books on the subject of experiential learning curriculum design, implementation, and assessment as well as international student success.

Recent research includes a study examining experiential education in the BC post-secondary system, and an international research project investigating Sub-Saharan African Student Success after graduation (2016). Dr. Johnston has published several book chapters including one in The World is My Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education (2013) and another entitled Navigating Continuous Change: A Focus on Self-Direction and Skills and Knowledge Transfer in Work-Integrated Learning in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on the Future (2017).


Come meet our panel of experts who will discuss Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and how it assists students to connect their academic knowledge in a professional work environment. What is it? Why is it? What is the challenge in Assessing It? Is WIL the best example of the connection to our theme, “Moving from Concept to Practice”? This panel will be moderated by Dr. Nancy Johnston, the President of the World Association for Co-op and Work Integrated Education (WACE).


  • Suzanne Carbonaro: Director of Assessment - University of the Sciences
  • Christian Jordal: Director of the Master of Family Therapy Program, Associate Clinical Professor, Coordinator of Student Experiential Learning - Drexel University
  • Andrew Wolf: Director of Educational Effectiveness & Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing - University of Rochester