Dodd will give advice for next steps in encouraging culture of academic honesty
May 21, 2007
By Colleen Girton
Tim Dodd, a leading expert on academic honesty and executive director of Duke University's Center for Academic Integrity, will give a public lecture on academic integrity at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Baker University Center Theatre at Ohio University.
Sponsored by the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the lecture, titled "On the Road to a Campus Culture of Integrity at Ohio University: Posting Speed Limits and Installing Speed Bumps," will address issues facing Ohio University and campuses across the nation.
Dodd says he will share his view that in order to ensure a culture of integrity, Ohio University must emphasize an inspirational learning environment, create empathetic and respectful social environments, and level the moral playing field. These efforts act like "speed bumps," habituating the honorable behavior enshrined in honor codes, he said.
Ohio University has spent the past year reaffirming its commitment to academic honesty after several dozen mechanical engineering theses and dissertations were alleged to contain plagiarized material. One degree has been revoked, and other cases are still under final review.
The university and the Russ College have implemented a host of measures to guard against future plagiarism and cultivate academic honesty, and honor codes are in the process of being drafted.
"Identifying and sanctioning violators is not the sole focus for a learning community in which awareness of the centrality of academic integrity has been awakened," Dodd noted. "Ohio University is to be commended for its thorough and comprehensive engagement of students, faculty and administrators in fashioning a proactive and thoughtful response to the question of integrity on its campus."
Installing "speed bumps" - curricular and extracurricular practices that prompt desired behavior - is the next phase for Ohio University, Dodd said.
Executive director of Duke's Center for Academic Integrity since January 2005, Dodd was associate dean for undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University for more than eight years. Previously, he served five years as associate dean of academic advising at Gettysburg College, where also was administrative adviser to the Honor Commission. Prior to his tenure at Gettysburg, Dodd was director of academic resources and advisement at St. Lawrence University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fordham University and did doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also taught political science and worked in the advising center.
A reception will follow the lecture.