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Division of Professional Practice

Brenda LeMaster

Brenda LeMaster is a Professor of Professional Practice.  She has over 35 years of experience in cooperative education, including past service as the Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Practice Program. She has worked with students in three UC colleges including Engineering, Business and Arts and Sciences. She currently works with Chemical and Materials Engineering students

She has held numerous positions in national cooperative education organizations and is past Chair of the Cooperative Education Division (CED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). In 2001 she received the prestigious Alvah K. Borman Award for contributions to the national field of cooperative education. In 2009 she was awarded the Society wide ASEE Clement J Freund Award for outstanding contributions to the aims and ideals of cooperative education.  She served as a reader for Title VIII grants for the U.S. Department of Education, and was a founding member of the Board of the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education. She has served as a peer reviewer for NASA research and education proposals and for research grants for both the Cooperative Education and Internship Association and CED/ASEE.  She served as a consultant/evaluator for the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission and as a site visitor the New England regional accreditation association as well as having consulted with programs of cooperative education around the country.

LeMaster’s presentations and publications focus on cooperative education, measuring learning outcomes, accreditation, assessment, and leadership. She co-authored a chapter in The Handbook for Research in Cooperative Education and Internships.  She was one of the founding board members of the Women’s Leadership Program at the University of Cincinnati and the multi-university Higher Education Collaborative for Women’s Leadership Development of Greater Cincinnati. 

Outside of UC Professor LeMaster serves as the President of the Cincinnati Recreation Foundation and works to support public recreation programs and services in Cincinnati.


University/College:  Northeastern University
Major:  English
Degree: BA

University/College:  University of Cincinnati
Major:  Communications
Degree:  MA


Introduction to Cooperative Education