Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pragmatism, Plagiarism, & Integrity - SOARS Event

Every year, students struggle with completing assignments, and the various demands on their time and effort can lead them to take short-cuts or even to cheat.
Especially at this time of year when large projects and writing assignments are due, faculty are faced with making decisions as to whether student submitted their own work or the work of someone else.
During the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research & Scholarship (SOARS) conference on Friday, April 19th, there will be a couple of events that will address these issues. One is a faculty-student forum at 11:45 - 1:00 in the Student Union Ballroom A-B (at the University of North Florida) on and the other, a Keynote Address by Dr. Donald L. McCabe, Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers University, titled Promoting Academic Integrity.
I encourage you to attend these worthwhile and engaging events.
Dan Richard

Pragmatism or Plagiarism? a SOARS Faculty-Student Forum
Moderator: Dr. Judith Ochrietor, Department of Biology
Panelists: Thomas J. Van Schoor, Student Ombudsman
Natalie Hofmann, OUR Research Fellow
Andrea McLeod, Assistant Registrar
Aaron Leedy, Faculty & Former Student
F. Dan Richard, Director, Office of Faculty Enhancement
During this interactive forum the audience will watch short vignettes in which students discuss writing papers revealing some of the questions, myths, and misperceptions about plagiarism. After each vignette, audience members will be invited to respond to questions about their perceptions of the students’ behavior using their cell phones. Results of these polls will be immediately displayed. The moderator will then help guide a discussion about the audience’s perceptions of the students’ writing approaches, whether or not the students’ approaches constitute plagiarism, and, if so, what the consequences should be. Members of the panel will serve as resources for audience participants by answering questions and clarifying UNF procedures and processes.

Keynote Address
Dr. Donald L. McCabe
Promoting Academic Integrity
Dr. McCabe is a Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers University. For more than twenty years he has done extensive research on college cheating, surveying over 250,000 students at more than 220 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. He has also surveyed over 40,000 high school students in the United States during the last ten to fifteen years. His work has been published widely in business, education, and sociology journals and he is founding president of the Center for Academic Integrity, a consortium of over 300 colleges and universities based at Clemson University. Members of this consortium are joined in a united effort to promote academic integrity among college and university students.
Dr. McCabe earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University (1966), an M.B.A. in Marketing from Seton Hall University (1970), and a Ph.D. in Management from New York University (1985). He worked for over 20 years in the corporate world before joining Rutgers University in 1988. His last corporate position was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Devro, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company.

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