Co-operative Educ Coordinator/Instructor
School of Tourism Management
Faculty of Global and Community Studies

604.990.7828 ext. 7828
Cedar Building, room CE318


Certification, Career Development Practitioner, BC Career Development Association, 2012.

MA, Leadership and Training, Royal Roads University, 2006.

Diploma, Provincial Instructors Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 2002.

Diploma, Tourism Management Co-op Diploma, Capilano College, 1998.

BA, Journalism, San Diego State University, USA, 1985.

"It is important to identify individual strengths, and use them as a starting point for growth and discovery. I work to help students build their unique brand as they begin their professional career."


Christy Dodds (MA, Royal Roads University, 2006) was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands where she developed an appreciation for tourism and travel at an early age. She worked as an officer with Sitmar Cruise Lines, tour guided with Tauck Tours, gained event management experience with Maritz Travel and helped manage a resort in Jasper National Park. She later focused her energies in research and publishing. Working with the World Travel & Tourism Council Human Resource Centre, she co-authored a textbook titled Steps to Success, which features global best practices in tourism human resource management. More recent research involves ethics and risk management as experienced by cooperative education practitioners and stakeholders.

Dodds' current area of focus is people development, specifically through cooperative education, teaching and mentorship. She is a member of the Association of Cooperative Education, represents Capilano University on the Accountability Council for Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning, and is certified as a Career Development Practitioner and facilitator for TypeFocus. She works year-round to build alumni involvement with the University and is a strong advocate of CapU's tourism programs both in and out of the classroom.

Dodds is highly networked and enjoys helping students connect with industry. She is proud to represent students from the School of Tourism Management and enjoys mentoring other faculty who wish to build capacity in work integrated learning.

I have a passion for tourism, the changing landscape of post-secondary education and am rewarded by helping students build a career in the world of tourism and hospitality.

As an instructor and cooperative education (co-op) practitioner, I am conscious of my need to remain current in three areas of focus: tourism, education and career development. I work to consistently sharpen my saw by bringing fresh ideas and current practices into the classroom. My personal and professional growth is largely influenced by individuals who have connected me with new ideas, organizations and people. I aspire to be a meaningful connector for students who are eager to learn, explore and build a successful career and life.

My current research is focused on ethical challenges and risk management in the realm of cooperative education. Research findings offer information and support to practitioners and stakeholders involved in co-op and other forms of work integrated learning. Information gained has been shared at several international conferences, and published in 2019. I appreciate working on projects which support practitioners striving to design and deliver a high quality co-op experience to their students and employers.

My earlier research focused on student successes in cooperative education programming (thesis work). I also had the pleasure of co-authoring a textbook featuring global good practices in tourism human resource management.


Cameron, C., Dodds, C. and MacLean, C. Ethical risks in work-integrated learning: A study of Canadian practitioners, International Journal of Work Integrated Learning, 20(1), 83-95, 2019.

Watts, Christy and Helen Williams. Steps to Success: Global Good Practices in Tourism Human Resources, Pearson Education Canada Inc., 2002.


2019: World Association for Co-operative Education, World Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

2019: Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning, BC Provincial Conference, Victoria, BC.

2017: World Association for Co-operative Education, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Excellence in Empowering Learning, Capilano University Alumni Awards of Excellence, 2016.

Featured Practitioner, Co-op Wisdom Series, ACE-WIL (BC), 2016.