The following people have nominated for a position on the ACEN Board and members have been sent a voting link from Survey Monkey.

Voting closes at 5pm AEDT Nov 7, 2018.

Candidates, in alphabetical order, are

  • Kelly Benati, Monash University
  • Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University
  • Judie Kay, RMIT University
  • Ashil Ranpara, Griffith University
  • David Reid, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Susan Rowland, University of Queensland
  • Jude Smith, Queensland University of Technology
  • Franziska Trede, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Rick Tunny, Queensland University of Technology
  • Michael Whelan, Southern Cross University

They have provide the following resumés (some are pics or scanned documents).

Kelly Benati, Monash University

I am a lecturer (WIL) in the Business School at Monash University. This role involves academic coordination of approx. 950 placements annually and managing the relationship with an outsourced placement provider.
I have a PhD in corporate governance and have been a director at Eastern Health (Melbourne’s largest hospital network) as well possessing a strong industry background. Therefore, I’m able to bring board experience and an understanding of governance principles as well as a commitment to WIL and an appreciation of the challenges present in the area.
ACEN is in a unique position to provide a platform for interaction between professional and academic practitioners. WIL is in the spotlight and the area is developing fast, making forums to exchange views, create networks and encourage high quality practice essential. ACEN already has a high profile and is therefore perfectly placed to continue its important work in this area.

Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University

Qualifications/relevant experience

  • Leadership in innovative WIL design (institutional awards and National Citation Award 2017).
  • Strong publication record in WIL and related areas (employability, career development, employment).
  • International teaching experience in both the higher and vocational education sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading national and international research projects in WIL.
  • Member, WACE International CIWE Research group.
  • Industry experience in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia.

Contribution to ACEN/WIL

  • ACEN WA State Chapter Chair and National Director since 2016.
  • ACEN Research Symposium group leader (2014/2016/2018).
  • Session chair/reviewer for ACEN and WACE conferences.
  • Senior Editorial Board member for International Journal of WIL.

Key issues facing ACEN

  • Supporting members in designing WIL that is scalable and high quality with limited resources.
  • Developing strategies and resources for effectively evaluating WIL and measuring its impact.
  • Promoting the National Strategy for WIL to raise profile and funding.
  • Enhancing employer engagement in Australia to meet student demands for WIL.

Judie Kay, RMIT University

Judie is Director Careers & Employability , RMIT and is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of WIL and career and employability services and has extensive experience in employer engagement . Judie is experienced in the implementation of university wide policy, systems and projects and a range of national WIL projects including lead for an ATN Grant identifying and exploring innovative WIL models. Judie co-founded  ACEN and has been an active member since including as a Board member and recently President .Judie represents Australia on the  International WIL Association ( WACE ) Board and Executive committee. Judie was awarded the WACE International award for Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Co- operative education and Work Integrated learning in 2015. Key issues and opportunities facing ACEN include the further implementing of the National WIL strategy , innovating WIL to maximise opportunities from the changing nature of work , provision of appropriate professional development and ensuring the quality of experiences for students and industry partners.

Ashil Ranpara, Griffith University

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Screen Production)
I am the Placement Officer at Griffith University for the journalism, public relations and the language disciplines. I manage and oversee the School’s internship placement program.

  • Facilitate 250 (approx.) placements each year for journalism, public relations and languages students
  • Engage new industry partners and strengthen relationships with current partners
  • Successfully assisted in developing and implementing Australia’s first Language Internship Program at Griffith University
  • Received a NCP grant for $79,200 to take journalism and photography students on an internship tour to Mumbai, India. This grant will form as a part of the School’s income

Key Issues facing ACEN
One of the keys issues facing ACEN is its popularity. While it is active among WIL practitioners, it is dormant in reaching the influential levels of managements at universities and government organisations. If selected, I will endeavour to work tirelessly to promote and grow ACEN.

David Reid, Swinburne University of Technology

Reid nomination

Susan Rowland, University of Queensland

Rowland nomination

Jude Smith, Queensland University of Technology

Smith nomination

Franziska Trede, University of Technology, Sydney

Trede nomination

Rick Tunny, Queensland University of Technology

Tunny nomination

Michael Whelan, Southern Cross University

I am teaching scholar with over 30 years’ experience in teaching in higher education. I have been coordinating a WIL unit since 2008. I was a board member for 4 years (2012 to 2016) during that time was chair of the finance committee, chaired the 2014 conference committee, assisted with the development of the National WIL Strategy and developed the first National WIL Awards. Key issues facing ACEN are growing participation in WIL sustainably, which will require innovative methods of delivering WIL, changing the culture in industry so that WIL is an accepted practice and succession planning.