Dean Herman Schneider Award


Instituted in 1965 for an educator from faculty or administration, CEIA presents this award annually for a significant and comprehensive record of contributions for the advancement of the philosophy and practice of cooperative education or internships over a sustained period of time.

This award is named for Herman Schneider who was Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (1906-28) and President of the University (l929-32). Schneider made a unique contribution to higher education, when in 1906, he founded the first program of cooperative education in the United States. Over his years Schneider addressed many industry groups about his plan, arbitrated disputes, published widely, and designed co-op programs for other schools, including the New York Public School System.

Schneider demonstrated a tremendous ability to balance opposites; in this case tempering his idealism with pragmatism, as reflected in his following comment on the co-op system, “It is not held, of course, that this method of training will supply full-fledged engineers, aged twenty three years; but it is believed that it will provide a better preparation, a stronger foundation, for the successful practice of engineering.”

Current Recipient:

Peggy Jarvie, University of Waterloo (Retired)

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Nominations Deadline:

November 1


  • Evidence of success in the practice of cooperative education or internships, such as time in field, or managing quality growth of a home institution’s program.
  • Distinguished service, leadership and advancement for the field at the state, regional, national, and/or international levels.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity in support of the philosophy and/or practice of cooperative education or internships in publications, speaking engagements, workshop presentations, consulting, evaluation, assessment, research, etc.
  • Evidence of successful efforts to expand the practice and/or philosophy of cooperative education or internships on an institutional, state, national and/or international level, such as serving as a mentor, role model or providing guidance to others in the field.
  • Typically more than ten years of service in the field, for program(s), institution/employer(s), and professional organization(s).
  • Nominations should clearly describe the significant & comprehensive record of contributions of the nominee over a sustained period of time, including specifically, how the nominee meets the above criteria.


You must be a current CEIA member to nominate an educator for this award. Please complete a nomination via the link below, including a statement (formatted in Word), not to exceed two pages, single spaced, describing why the nominee meets the criteria for consideration of the Dean Herman Schneider Award. Include their resume or Vitae, if possible.

Supporting materials may be requested by the committee if necessary.

Click here to view a sample pdf of nomination form.

Please note: Over recent years, the selection committee has often had difficulty assessing some nominees’ candidacies due to vague generalities as to their accomplishments (Example: statements such as,”…has held numerous leadership roles,” or “…has published many articles,” are not helpful without examples or specifics.) Specific citations of a nominee’s three most significant leadership roles or three best publications would better portray their record.