James W. Wilson Award

For Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education and Internships


James W. Wilson was the Asa S. Knowles Professor of Cooperative Education and Director of Northeastern’s Cooperative Education Research Center for many years. In 1987, he co-authored a comprehensive book about cooperative education, Cooperative Education in a New Era, as well as numerous other books and articles. He edited the Journal of Cooperative Education, and for many years conducted annual surveys of co-op programs in the USA. He arguably was the most prominent researcher in cooperative education in the second half of the last century.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and advocacy of research activity in cooperative education. The award is not given every year. The award is competitively determined and is intended to recognize longstanding contributions to the field both by participating in research activity and providing leadership for others. The winner will be honored at the CEIA annual conference.

Current Recipient:


Matthew Hora 
Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, University of Wisconsin- Madison


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Nominations Deadline:

November 1


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The nominees should show longstanding contributions to the field of cooperative education and internships both by participating in research activity and providing leadership for others in areas of research.


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 James W. Wilson Award. Include their resume or Vitae as well.

Supporting materials may be requested by the committee if necessary.

Click here to view a sample pdf of nomination form.

Your nomination should specifically describe the nominee’s career, their research contributions, and their longstanding contributions in providing leadership and advocacy for research in the field.