Plagiarists have no idea how much they don’t know, and no clue about how much we know about our own subject as well as how much we know about what they don’t know. The ones that always amuse me most are the students who think they’re being clever by using a book 80 or 100 years old. Google books is now making that scheme pretty transparent, but it just kills me that 1) they think that academic interests and writing styles aren’t subject to change over time, and 2) that it’s not patently obvious when they plagiarize something written by a fusty academic writer from the 1920s or 1930s (or even earlier) and try to pass it off as work by an early twenty-first century college student.
Archive for December, 2011
Tenured Radical offers more thoughts on academic honesty, plagiarism, and cheating this morning in the form of an imagined conversation with her imagined spawn as she sends the child back to college after Thanksgiving break to complete hir exams. Go read, and send it on to your students. Continue Reading »
Flavia at Ferule and Fescue wrote recently about snagging some plagiarists in an upper-level class for majors, and she writes about how sad it makes her although of course she’s standing up for fairness and academic integrity. Go read the whole thing, but here’s a little end of term/exam week plea for students:
[T]his is what I’d like to tell my plagiarists, and what I wish they’d hear and believe:
“You did something unethical, and you knew it was unethical; ‘giving you a break’ would be unfair to your classmates and it would be unfair to you; it’s my job to enforce academic standards and to see that you wrestle honestly with tough intellectual tasks. You’re selling yourself short when you think that you can’t come up with good ideas or write a good paper on your own. You will fail this class and the academic dishonesty charge will go on your record. Continue Reading »
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I’m just totally curious:
- Should CVs include lists of places where one’s book has been reviewed?
- Should CVs include lists of other articles/books that cite one’s own work?
- Should CVs include lists of articles/media outlets where one has been interviewed?
I have seen all of these things recently and I was sort of shocked, but maybe this is the way of the future? What do you and your readers think?
Wow, Claude–I don’t think I’ve ever seen a CV quite like any of the ones that may be coming across your desk, but I haven’t been on a search committee since 2004-05, or in terms of the evolution of technology and trends in the profession, since the War of 1812. Continue Reading »
I began my career at Penn State and spent seven years there, getting tenure, before I moved on. It’s been awful to watch the events of the last month play out.
Most of the commentary about the child sex abuse allegations against the former football coach and the administrative failure to stop it have focused on the corrupting influence of football — on the health and safety of women and children; on academic affairs; on the budget as a whole. These critiques are important.
But I never had a lot of contact with the football program. No football player ever enrolled in one of my classes, but perhaps that was because of the courses I taught, which are about gender and poverty. (Not so popular with male athletes?) Football wasn’t a world I knew well.
I did, however, have contact with the university administration, and the way I see it, it deserves more attention in the analysis of what went wrong at Penn State. Continue Reading »