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CEIA Member Forum Series
Created by Members for Members

We know how busy members are during these challenging times. For CEIA Month in October, a membership committee developed a series of networking sessions that allow our members to connect with CEIA colleagues and have a dialogue over interesting topics. The Member Forums are facilitated in Zoom by using Breakout Rooms for small group interactions. Please make plans to join your fellow members for guided discussions on timely issues.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Member Forum: CEIA Month "Why CEIA"

CEIA month is dedicated to celebrating the hard work and meaningful contributions of interns, Co-op students, and experiential learning professionals all across America! The mission of CEIA (learn more) is to provide a supportive member-driven learning community for participating programs, students, educators and employers. All CEIA members are invited to our next Member Forum Program featuring an expert panel to include representation from CEIA Professional Development, the CEIA Conference Committee, Experience Magazine, CEIA’s Employer Network, and CEIA’s Quality Outcomes Committee.

Wednesday, October 27
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

CEIA Board Members Ross Johnston, President-Elect, Tracey Lord, Vice President of Professional Development, Ralph Brigham, Vice President of the Employer Program Network, Michael Sharp, Editor of Experience Magazine, and Scott Maynard, 2022 Conference Chair come together to discuss “WHY CEIA” remains the leader in providing professional development and resources to practitioners in the fields of cooperative education and internship program management.

More about our panel

Ross Johnston
Executive Director
Co-operative Education
University of Waterloo
CEIA – President-Elect, Quality Outcomes Chair

As the Executive Director, Co-operative Education, Ross is accountable for ensuring an effective and appropriate, quality work integrated learning journey for students at the University of Waterloo (23,500 co-op enrolled students). He also ensures Co-operative Education meets and exceeds co-op employment rates (97.6% in 2019), while maintaining and enhancing employer relationships with over 7,000 organizations across more than 65 countries.

Tracey Lord
Program Director
Experiential Learning
Florida State University
CEIA – Vice President, Professional Development

An experienced career coach, she delivered career advising and lead programming efforts with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the University of Georgia, and The University of Virginia – Semester at Sea program. Currently a member of the NACE Leadership Advancement Program’s 2016 Class, she has completed career services trainings including the NSEE Experiential Education Academy, Career Services Institute – West, and the NACE Management Leadership Institute

Dr. Ralph Brigham
Global Director of Campus Relations
Southwestern Advantage
CEIA – Vice President, Employer Network

Dr. Brigham serves as the Global Director of Campus Relations for the Southwestern Advantage company. It’s a position he’s held for the past 19 years. He is responsible for training corporate recruiters as well as cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with career offices at approximately 250 universities in 20 countries across North America, Europe and into Asia. Prior to his years with Southwestern Advantage, Ralph was the Director of Career Services at Montana State

Michael Sharp
Assoc Professor Educator
Service Learning Director
Career Education
University of Cincinnati
CEIA – Editor, Experience Magazine

For close to thirteen years, Dr. Sharp has been leading Service-Learning at the University of Cincinnati, a program that connects stakeholders who support over 5000 student registrations per year, representing every undergraduate college at UC. Most recently, and in many ways in response to the COVID-19 crisis, he helped to create (and adjust to an online/virtual process) the Service-Learning Co-op program, providing students with paid opportunities to work virtually with not-for-profit organizations. Sharp is an associate professor of Experiential Learning, teaching classes in the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Communication Department.

Scott Maynard
Program Director
Employer Relations – Retired
CEIA – 2022 Conference Chair (Alexandria, VA)

Scott Maynard recently retired as the Program Director for Employer Relations at Florida State University. He has over 33 years of experience in Career Services, Experiential Learning, and Economic Development. Prior to his role at Florida State University, Maynard was the CEO/President of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in Starkville, Mississippi. The Partnership is an umbrella organization that houses the Chamber of Commerce, Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, Starkville Visitors and Convention Council and the Starkville Main Street Association.

The CEIA Member Forum Committee would like to thank all participants that attended the Forum Series in 2020 and  2021.

Your CEIA Member Forum Committee:
Carolina Arroyo, University of Notre Dame
Joseph Banks, Utah State University
Patty Bazrod, Georgia Tech (Retired)
Sharon Brown, Cincinnati State College
David Caffo, Wilmington University
Rachel Callahan, Drexel University
Ashley Fry, Franklin & Marshall College
Peggy Harrier, Cincinnati State College (Retired)
Dawn Koeltzow, Illinois Central College
Kathy Krause, DeSales University
Cherie Lynch, Endicott College
Erin Mullen, University of South Carolina
Keith Sun, University of Cincinnati
Charlie Wilder, Auburn University