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Academic Integrity Best Practices To Discourage Dishonesty and Encourage Professional Behavior

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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First-Year Programs: Work in Progress Postcard Session

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First-Year Programs

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Todd R. Hamrick West Virginia University

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Dr. Todd Hamrick, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Freshman Engineering Program at West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, a position he has held since 2011. He received his Ph.D. that same year from WVU in Mechanical Engineering, with studies in efficiency improvement in well drilling and organic solar cells. Dr. Hamrick received undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German in 1987, and returned to academia after a 22-year engineering career in industry. During his career, Dr. Hamrick served in a broad range of positions including design, product development, tool and die, manufacturing, sales, and management. His teaching style brings practical, innovative, experience-based learning to the classroom, where hands-on projects that reflect real-world applications are valued by students. His teaching interests include active learning, robotics, and study abroad.

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Lizzie Santiago West Virginia University

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Lizzie Y. Santiago, Ph.D., is a teaching assistant professor for the freshman engineering program in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and has postdoctoral training in neural tissue engineering and molecular neurosciences. She teaches freshman engineering courses and supports the outreach and recruiting activities of the college. Her research interests include neural tissue engineering, stem cell research, absorption of air pollutants in human upper airways, attrition and university retention, increasing student awareness and interest in research and engineering, STEM education, and recruitment and retention of women and minorities.

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Kristin Brewster West Virginia University

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Kristin Brewster is currently the Curricular Outreach Program Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Engineering Program in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. She graduated from WVU in 2011 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Secondary Education. She has taught spatial visualization, engineering orientation and freshman engineering problem solving courses. In addition, she advises freshmen students to help with the transition from high school to college and provides academic support.

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As with many institutions, our large mid-Atlantic university has experienced a recent uptick in academic dishonesty cases. In the fall of 2017 a sub-team within the First Year Program was tasked with identifying best practices for encouraging academic integrity while discouraging and identifying dishonesty. Initial findings were that the amount of available literature on the subject is disproportionate to the perceived size of the problem. For example, a search of one data base of a very large educational association with some 15 years of conference proceedings resulted in only about a dozen papers that discussed the topic. Much of the material that is available are the products of surveys seeking to identify attitudes of students and instructors about academic dishonesty. While these are of interest, few offer specific methods to prevent or discourage the behaviors. This work will conduct a review of available literature from various sources to determine best practices surrounding academic integrity. The goal is to find and implement best practices for encouraging academic integrity, preventing dishonest behaviors, and detecting when such behaviors have occurred. This paper will also discuss practices implemented in our First Year Engineering Program to promote professional behavior and to discourage student misconduct. Some preliminary results and observations based on experience with these methods will be presented.

Hamrick, T. R., & Santiago, L., & Brewster, K. (2019, June), Academic Integrity Best Practices To Discourage Dishonesty and Encourage Professional Behavior Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32023

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