The Global WIL Team

l to r: Judie Kay, ACEN (Australia); Kristina Johansson, Vilar Network (Sweden); Katharine Hoskyn, NZACE (New Zealand); Norah McRae, CEWIL (Canada); Sonia Ferns, ACEN (Australia); Karsten Zegwaard, NZACE (New Zealand).

Kristina Johansson is an associate professor, the assistant research director for LINA, Learning in and for the new working life, at University West, Sweden. She is also one of five research  leaders in WACE, World Association of Cooperative Education. Furthermore she is the research leader for the international Satellite Office. The teaching assignments is within the PhD Education in WIL at University West, the Master Programme in WIL and in some competency development course.

Sonia Ferns (PhD, MEd, BEd, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems) Sonia is the Science Curriculum Academic Lead and manages the Course Optimisation Strategy in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University. She is also responsible for work-integrated learning governance at the University. Previously she managed the Course Design team and led the Work Integrated Learning strategic project to establish an institutional framework for WIL at Curtin. She is the national President of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Board. Sonia has worked on many national projects on WIL and has published extensively on industry engagement and WIL. She works collaboratively with an international consortium of WIL researchers.

Katharine Hoskyn, MPhil, Auckland University of Technology; Graduate Diploma in Business Massey University, BA (Psychology) University of Auckland. Katharine Hoskyn is the immediate past Chair of NZACE, the New Zealand Network that Promotes Work-Integrated Learning.  Following 15 years in industry, she joined Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as a lecturer and supervisor of work-integrated learning students. She has considerable experience with the development,  co-ordination and management of WIL programmes at AUT, as well as marketing and advertising papers. This included involvement in the organisation of papers for conjoint students taking business in conjunction with hospitality, arts, sport, social science and psychology. Her current interests are more centred on her doctoral research; research in work-integrated learning; and consultancy and contract lecturing.

Judie Kay is Director, Careers and Employability at RMIT and on the Board of the Australian Collaborative Education Network ( ACEN, the national WIL association Judie has extensive experience in Industry engagement and the strategic implementation of University wide WIL policy, systems and projects in three Universities. She has been involved in a range of national WIL projects including the development of a National WIL Strategy for Australia in collaboration with peak industry groups. International projects have included implementing innovative global student WIL exchanges and establishing mentoring programs globally. Judie recently completed a national grant to lead a project investigating and developing resources to support innovative work integrated models such as micro internships and placements in Incubators and enhancing engagement with small to medium enterprises and is currently leading a project looking at WIL modules to support international students undertaking WIL. In addition, Judie represents Australia on the board of the international WIL association, WACE.

Norah McRae, PhD. Norah is the Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement and intercultural competency development. Her doctoral research examined conditions that enabled transformative learning during work-integrated education and led to the development of a preliminary theoretical model for learning during work-integrated education. Norah has been published in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, CEIA Journal and The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education. She is a faculty member for the WACE Institute for Global and Experiential Education and the WACE Assessment Institute. Norah has served as President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and is on the board for the World Association for Co-operative and Work-integrated Education.

Karsten Zegwaard is the director of Cooperative Education, which annually facilitates about 350 science and engineering work placements, and teaches in professional workplace preparation and reflection. His research focus has been on graduate competencies, professional identity development, agentic ethical behaviour, and enabling emerging researchers to conduct publishable research in WIL and co-op. Karsten is also on the Waikato’s VC Working Group for the WIL initiative, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Work-Integrated Learning, Vice-Chair (Oceania) for the WACE International Research Group, adjunct senior research fellow of University of Johannesburg, vice-president of NZACE, and serves on a number of editorial review boards and award panels. Karsten recently won the Donald MacLaren Academic Award for professional achievement and the Ralph Tyler Award for outstanding research.