The 2020 AGM instituted the award of Fellow of WILNZ. This award is for outstanding academic contribution to the Work-Integrated Learning community on recommendation from the Executive Board of Work-Integrated Learning New Zealand Inc and approved at a General Meeting.

The first recipients of the Fellow Award were Professor Richard Coll and Dr Karsten Zegwaard.  Richard and Karsten’s contribution to the WIL community has been significant both internationally and nationally, together and individually.

Both Richard and Karsten have been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL; formerly Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education; APJCE), edited the International Handbook of Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, delivered keynote addresses at WIL conferences in New Zealand and overseas, had significant involvement with WACE (the World Association of Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education),  managed the program and refereed proceedings of numerous NZACE conferences, represented NZACE at research and education forums in New Zealand, led cross-institution research projects and run workshops encouraging research and good practice in WIL. They have been generous with their time in encouraging and supporting members of the WIL community in research and publication.

Both have been individually honoured with international awards for scholarship, achievement, and leadership in Cooperative Education. In addition, they were jointly awarded the Ralph W. Tyler Award of CEIA in North America for the second edition of the International Handbook. 

Richard was the founding Editor-in-Chief of APJCE and also served a term as Co-Editor and Senior Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cooperative Education & Internships.  After a significant time at University of Waikato, which included work as a Placement Coordinator, eight years as Director of the Cooperative Education Unit, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching & Learning,  Richard was promoted to Professor of Cooperative Education, the first such appointment in New Zealand.  Richard then moved to Fiji to become Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Learning Teaching & Student Services at the University of the South Pacific.  At a recent gathering, one member of the University of Waikato said (with a smile on their face) that Richard Coll showed us how to do WIL research.

Karsten is a founding editorial board member of APJCE, has been the current Editor-in-Chief of IJWIL since 2010, and led the name change from APJCE to IJWIL.  He has been employed at the University of Waikato for 22 years, commencing as a tutor in cooperative education and ultimately advancing to become the Director of Cooperative Education.  Karsten currently leads the work placement programme in science at the University of Waikato and is the Director of Work-Integrated Learning Research.  Karsten is also the current Vice-President of WILNZ (formally NZACE), executive member of the International WIL Research Committee, the Co-Vice Chair (Oceania) for WIL research, Board Member of WACE, and a member of the Universities of New Zealand WIL Working Group.