Division of Professional PracticeUniversity of CincinnatiPROPEL

Division of Professional Practice

E. Sam Sovilla

Director and Professor Emeritus of Professional Practice


For 25 years (1975-2000) served as Associate Provost, Director, and Professor of Professional Practice, which involved directing UC’s Division of Professional Practice. Also served as Director of UC’s Career Development Center for 7 years (1969-1975). Held numerous major leadership roles in professional organizations, including President of the national Cooperative Education Association (CEA), and, in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Chair of both the Cooperative Education Division and the Society’s College/Industrial/Education Council.  Recipient of many awards, including CEA’s Dean Herman Schneider Award, ASEE’s Clement J. Freund Award and the Midwest Cooperative Education Association’s Donald Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award. Among professional involvements were author of fifteen articles in professional journals, a chapter in an international book, book reviewer for Macmillan Publishing Company and Jossey-Bass, accreditation team member for the Middle States  Association of Colleges and Schools, multiple consultations with the U. S. Department of Education, and over 100 presentations at professional conferences. Also served as the key consultant for 36 colleges and universities and many employers. Recent professional recognitions, induction in the University of Cincinnati’s Cooperative Education Hall of Honor and the National Commission for Cooperative Education’s Hall of Fame. Also, the Midwest Cooperative Education and Internship Association renamed the Association’s Educator of the year award the E. Sam Sovilla Award and the Ohio Cooperative Education Association named its highest award, the E. Sam Sovilla Award for Excellence. Following formal retirement in 2002 returned to UC service for three years as an adjunct professor and chaired the Executive Committee for the Centennial Celebration for Cooperative Education. Also assisted with a state grant proposal and a university/state legislative project.



University/College: University of Cincinnati, College of Arts & Sciences
Major: Personnel & Industrial Relations  ( Dual Major: Psychology and Economics)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts

University/College: University of Cincinnati, Graduate School, College of Education
Major: Educational Foundations/Counseling & Guidance
Degree: Master of Arts

University/College: University of Cincinnati, Evening College
Major: Real Estate
Degree: Certificate in Real Estate – Professional certification- Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)


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Career Dynamics: Strategies and Tactics
The Job Market: How to Play the Game