Best practices in academic integrity will be the theme when higher education faculty and administrators gather at Samford University April 19-20 for the inaugural Southeast Regional Academic Integrity Conference.
The program is co-sponsored by the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and Samford's Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. Organizers say the conference will provide an opportunity for dialogue among educators who face similar challenges.
"Every college and university strives to promote academic integrity and prevent cheating," said Mann Center director Dr. John C. Knapp. "But two factors have made this task more challenging in recent years: the availability of technology for sharing information, and the astonishing extent to which cheating now occurs at the high school level."
Session topics will include plagiarism, a counseling approach to academic dishonesty, and more.
The Mann Center's Better World Theatre will present Samford freshmen in student-scripted plays on themes of academic integrity. The students will then lead the audience in a discussion of the ethical issues identified in the performance.
ICAI co-founder and former president Gary Pavela will give the keynote dinner address on Friday, April 19. A nationally recognized expert on honor codes and other facets of academic honesty, Dr. Pavela is a former director of academic integrity at Syracuse University. He will also meet with Samford faculty and students to discuss the school's specific culture as it relates to academic integrity.
Presenters also include Iva Bimi Ballard and James Orr, both of Mississippi State University; Kevin Kozee, University of South Carolina; and Michael Goodwin, Kennesaw State University.
During the conference, the Mann Center will formally launch a new Southeastern Regional Academic Integrity Consortium, with an aim to strengthen collaborative ties with other area schools.
The conference format will allow participants to discuss best practices of academic integrity in an informal and collegial environment, according to program manager Azalea M. Hulbert, who says registration is open to both members and non-members of ICAI.
For information and registration, check online at www.samford.edu/manncenter/2013conference.aspx or contact Hulbert at (205) 726-4634.