Episode PA019: A Discussion on Academic Integrity

by Jim and Beth Harger | The Professional Adjunct Podcast

When it comes to plagiarism, do you use the Carrot or the Stick? On this episode, Jim and Beth discuss the issue of plagiarism and how best to deal with it. At one point, Beth asks the question, as instructors, are we a gatekeeper or a bridge-builder? Rather than jumping immediately to punitive actions when we discover plagiarism in a student’s work, perhaps we need to examine the circumstances and take action on teaching how to avoid it and building on the importance and value of giving credit to the source.

If you have been a regular listener of this podcast, you know that Jim has a tendency to go down rabbit trails. Well, this episode is no different. One of Jim’s hot buttons is that students read all of the reading material each week. As he puts it, “What is the point of going to school and spending thousands of dollars for an education if all you are going to do is regurgitate what you already know!”

In this episode, we mention two great resources:



Essential Teaching Principles: A Resource Collection for Adjunct Faculty.

This book provides a wealth of research-driven and classroom-tested best practices to help adjuncts develop the knowledge and skills required to run a successful classroom. This helpful guide was compiled and edited by Maryellen Weimer, PhD, editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and award-winning professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State Berks.

To read more about this book or to purchase the Kindle edition or paperback, click here.