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2015 Conference on Ethics in Higher Education

Ethics in Practice:  Building a Classroom and Campus Culture for Academic Integrity

University of Northern Iowa

Maucker Union

Friday, September 18, 2015

(with special pre-conference sessions to be held Thursday, September 17th)




The 2015 Ethics Conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, research, and best practice in facilitating and supporting integrity within the classroom, schools, and college campuses.  Oral, panel, and poster presentations will be offered from faculty and staff at UNI and other colleges and universities in Iowa that focus on ethics and integrity by students, faculty, and administrators in all aspects of their scholarly work.  



James Lang, PhD
James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  He is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008).  A starred review in Library Journal describes Cheating Lessons as a “lively book” that “explains relevant cognitive theory, outlines factors that foster cheating, and presents fascinating examples of course structures and classroom activities that stimulate students to work toward mastering their subjects.”  Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999.  His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time.  His new book, Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning, will be published by Jossey-Bass in 2016.  He edits a new series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press; the first titles in the series will appear in 2016.  He is a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster in higher education, and has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than fifty colleges or universities in the US and abroad.  He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. 

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

Keynote on Friday morning, Sept. 18

When students engage in academically dishonest behaviors, they may be responding to subtle pressures in the learning environment that interfere with deep learning and nudge them toward cheating. Hence if we can gain a better understanding of the reasons for academically dishonest behavior, we can use that knowledge to improve our course design, teaching practices, and communication with students.  The talk will review current statistics on cheating in higher education, consider the role of the learning environment in influencing academic integrity, and offer practical suggestions for how to design and teach courses that foster intrinsic motivation, facilitate mastery learning, and create a growth mindset in students.






All presenters and attendees for the Conference sessions on September 18th must register for the conference.  Conference Registration deadline is Monday, September 14th.  Late registrations will be accepted beyond that date as space permits, but luncheon availability cannot be guaranteed.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (times still tentative)




Registration & coffee
Ballroom Lobby
Ballroom A, B, & C
Keynote - James Lang, PhD
Ballroom A, B, & C
Poster session, book signing, refreshments
Ballroom Lobby
Morning Plenary - Cheating Resistant Pedagogies
Ballroom A, B, & C
Morning BREAKOUTS (A, B, C)
Breakout rooms MAU
Lunch w/brief remarks & Student Panel
Ballroom A, B, & C
Afternoon BREAKOUTS (D, E, F)
Breakout rooms MAU
Afternoon break, refreshments
Ballroom Lobby
Afternoon Plenary & Wrap-Up - Enhancing Academic Integrity
Ballroom A, B, & C

PRE-CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES on Thursday, September 17


Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning

Faculty Workshop provided by Keynote Speaker James Lang – Thursday, Sept. 17, 3:30-5:00 pm, University Room in Maucker Union

Hosted by the UNI Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Ongoing calls to revolutionize and revitalize higher education need balancing with the everyday work that many faculty do in educating their students in traditional classroom spaces or online environments.  A small number of key principles from the learning sciences seem to have the power to make a substantial impact on student learning in almost any type of course, from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms.  This workshop will introduce some of those principles, drawing from recent publications in the learning sciences, and focus on how to use a variety of elements of course design and classroom practice—from the syllabus to the closing moments of class—to boost learning in powerful new ways.

Registration for the Small Teaching workshop is required.  Space is limited so register asap to reserve a seat.


Reception with Keynote Speaker

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5:30 pm, by invitation

Hosted by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics


The Poor of 1984:  The Roots of George Orwell's Final Novel

Public Lecture - Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:00 pm, Seerley Hall 115

Hosted by the David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics

Most American readers know George Orwell as the author of 1984 and Animal Farm, and as such consider him a staunch critic of communism and prophet of the surveillance state.  But Orwell spent much of his writing career focused on exploring the cause and nature of poverty, and remained a committed socialist until his death.  This lecture will put 1984 within the full context of Orwell’s career, and especially his lifelong criticism of big business and laissez-faire capitalism.

Registration for the public lecture is NOT required.



Individuals from UNI and other colleges, universities, and organizations in Iowa are invited to submit proposals to present at the conference on September 18th.  Oral, panel, and poster presentations will be accepted.  All submissions will undergo blind peer review and presenters will be notified of acceptance in July 2015. 

Presentation Submission forms are due no later than the extended deadline of June 1st, 2015.



QUESTIONS may be directed to:

Direct general questions about the conference and Call for Presentations to:
Anita Gordon, University of Northern Iowa, Conference Committee Chair, 213 East Bartlett Hall, 319-273-6148
Direct questions about the resource & display tables to
Gerri Perreault, Associate Professor, UNI Department of Communication Studies, Conference Planning Committee
Direct questions about the Small Teaching workshop to
Susan Hill, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Conference Planning Committee
Direct questions about the Orwell lecture to
Craig Van Sandt, Business Ethics Chair, Conference Planning Committee




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