Experiential Education Directors Working Group
This group was developed to improve knowledge sharing and communication about experiential education ideas and opportunities across Faculties. Members of this group work in one of McMaster’s six Faculties or within a central administrative unit, and help to support experiential education opportunities at multiple levels. Though their specific roles are unique to each Faculty, each member shares the common role of helping coordinate and manage experiential education. The group meets on a regular basis and has the following goals:
- Information sharing
- Collaborating with campus and community partners around experiential education opportunities.
- Bridging the gap between students and employers (skills/life experiences gap).
- Inspiring students to take ownership of the experiential education process.
Scroll below to learn more about members of the Experiential Education Directors Working Group:
DeGroote School of Business
Manager, Centre for Business Career Management
Michelle Reyes is the Manager of the Centre for Business Career Development (CBCD) at the DeGroote School of Business supporting both undergraduate and graduate business students. With a focus on both experiential learning and career development, the CBCD team is focused on providing opportunities and programming to support students in their career and personal development. As a member of the Community Engagement committee, our goal is to strengthen our partnerships with the external community to help increase awareness, engagement and service to the broader community.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26251
Faculty of Engineering
Director, Outreach and Community Engagement
As Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering, Lynn focuses on connecting the Faculty of Engineering – faculty members and students – with external partners and stakeholders. Her priorities include supporting student career and professional development including work-integrated learning and other experiential learning activities, and supporting the development of partnerships among community partners, industry, faculty instructors and researchers, students and student groups.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20074
Faculty of Health Sciences
Director, Clinical Education, MSc Occupational Therapy
Lori has the privilege of directing the clinical education curriculum for the master of science in the occupational therapy program at the School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences. Lori engages with her students and clinical partners in hospitals, community health organizations, and cutting edge innovative placement initiatives. These partnerships enable student occupational therapists to learn with and contribute to a wide spectrum of settings, people, and groups. The focus of all placements is on occupation for individuals, and enabling environments and systems to better support health through occupation. Physical, cognitive and/or mental health challenges impact what people want to do, need to do, and/or are expected to do in their daily lives. Occupational therapy promotes best fit for people of all abilities through maximizing supportive environments and occupations, and breaking down barriers. Lori is also involved in educational research related to reflective practice, adult learning, competency-based education, and internationalization of occupational therapy practice. The Experiential Education Directors Group is perfectly aligned with practicum-based clinical education. Lori looks forward to working collaboratively:
- to build new partnerships between faculties through which we can develop inter-professional, experiential learning opportunities.
- to move the Forward With Integrity initiative forward by collective experiential learning that both meets students' learning interests and needs, as well as meaningfully contributes to the greater community: locally, and more broadly.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26251
Director, Clinical Education, MSc Physiotherapy
Sarah Wojkowski is the Director of Clinical Education (Physiotherapy) in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster. In addition to placing students in 'traditional' health care settings (i.e. Hospital, private practice) Sarah works with community organizations to develop innovative placement opportunities in new areas of practice. Sarah is pursuing her PhD part time at McMaster, and teaches in the Community Practice Unit of the Physiotherapy Program.
Faculty of Humanities
Coordinator, Humanities Target Learning & Experiential Education Centre
Rowena is the Coordinator of the Humanities Target Learning and Experiential Education Centre which offers career exploration, experiential learning and professional development opportunities for Humanities students. The Centre works closely with the McMaster Humanities Society to ensure the programming offered responds to the extremely diverse career interests and needs of the Faculty's students. The HTLC is also is committed to building and strengthening community and alumni networks to faciliate positive two-way exchange between Humanities students and faculty and off-campus groups.
Faculty of Science
Manager, Science Career and Cooperative Education
Lisa began her career as a high school teacher, with a particular interest in experiential education. Prior to becoming Manager of the SCCE office, she worked for the Dean of Science in the research portfolio. Lisa believes strongly that to develop a well thought out career plan you need to be reflective and seize opportunities during your undergraduate studies to gain new technical skills and professional competencies. As such, her office provides a variety of ways to help students gain relevant career experience. From career events and workshops, to co-op and experiential education programs – Lisa and her staff and are available to help science students reach their full potential.
Work Integrated Learning Advisor
As the Work Integrated Learning Advisor for the Faculty of Science, Danielle provides guidance to students seeking to gain meaningful, academically relevant learning experiences. Through academic and career advising, informational workshops, and co-instructing SCIENCE 2C00: Skills for Career Success in Science, Danielle strives to assist students in developing and identifying successful strategies to achieve their goals.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Director, Experiential Education
Sandra is the Director of the Office of Experiential Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The mandate of this office is to assist students in finding opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to 'real world' situations. This includes exploring how what they are learning might lead them to a career. The goal of the office is to create life-long learners who will contribute to their community in meaningful ways and lead rich, fulfilling lives. It is Sandra's hope that this group will assist her in this task by generating new approaches, relationships and connections.
Student Success Centre
Coordinator, Service-Learning & Civic Engagement Program
Sean moved to Hamilton and 2012 and is quickly discovering all of the wonderful opportunities that this city has to offer. As the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Program Coordinator, Sean's goal is to help McMaster students engage in the Hamilton community in meaningful and sustainable ways. His areas of focus include the MacServe Series and the Pop the Bubble initiative.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20814
Experiential Program Coordinator
Anna collaborates with campus and community partners in order to provide students with a variety of co-curricular experiential learning opportunities. She coordinates opportunities for personal, professional, and academic development, such as: Externships, Internships, Mentoring, Networking, and Volunteering. The Experiential Education Directors Working Group is an excellent forum for sharing best practices, translating knowledge across Faculty lines, learning from shared and unique experiences, to develop a common vision of the types of complementary opportunities practitioners are best-suited to provide for students, and to minimize duplication.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26137