ICAI Annual Conference Concludes
ICAI Wraps Up 28th Annual Conference in Portland, Ore., Looks to Chicago for 2021
PORTLAND, Ore. — Instructors, administrators, researchers, and students with an interest in promoting higher standards of academic integrity at universities and colleges worldwide converged on Portland, Ore., March 6 for the 28th Annual Conference of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). The conference itself boasted presentations on topics ranging from how cultural differences shape attitudes toward plagiarism to techniques for creating cultures that promote academic integrity from the classroom to the institution.
“Issues of cheating and dishonesty have always plagued educators,” explained Camilla Roberts, Ph.D. the President of ICAI and the Director of the Honor and Integrity System at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. “This conference is an opportunity to hear new research into the psychology of cheating and dishonesty, see how it manifests itself across the world, and learn what we can do about it as individuals and institutions.”
More than 200 scholars from around the world attended the three-day conference, which concluded March 8 and provided more than 50 speakers and presentations as well as a poster session.
“Academic integrity is all about culture,” Roberts explained. “Of course, we want to do our best to detect academic dishonesty, but our primary goal is to help organizations create a culture in which dishonesty is unacceptable. We must hold ourselves and others accountable and find new educational frameworks that do not create incentives for students to cheat.” Roberts also noted that the conference, which began just as Seattle, Wash., experienced the first coronavirus patients, took extra precautions because of the virus. “We made sure to recommend that conference participants practiced social distancing, and we hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available at all times.”
Conference organizers also announced that the conference will travel to Chicago for 2021. The goal, Roberts explained, is to move the annual event to provide greater exposure in different regions. “We have members from throughout the U.S., Canada, as well as Central and South America, Australia and elsewhere. Chicago airport hubs make the city an excellent location for a conference for our members.”
She also explained that in the future ICAI plans to hold regular conferences outside North America. “We are truly an international organization, so we are actively planning for a future conference outside the U.S. and Canada.
New Board Members
As part of its annual conference, the organization saw a change in leadership. Longtime president, David Rettinger, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Director of Academic Programs at the University of Mary Washington, stepped down from the board. He was replaced by Roberts, who had been serving as the center’s vice president. Two other long-time members also left the board: Tricia Bertram Gallant, Director of the Academic Integrity Office at the University of California San Diego and Nathalia Franco Perez of the Center for Integrity at EAFIT University in Medellín, Columbia.
ICAI approved three new members to the board Azalea Hulbert, Ph.D., Jennie Miron, Ph.D., and Gonzalo Pizarro, Ph.D. Hulbert holds a Ph.D. in higher education and is the Director of Academic Integrity at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. She also has served as the Program Manager for the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and coauthored Ghostwriting and the Ethics of Authenticity in 2016. Miron holds a Ph.D. in nursing and is a Professor Nursing and Co-Chair Academic Integrity Committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness (FHSW) at Humber College in Toronto. She also serves as the Chair of the Academic Integrity Council of Ontario and as a member of the Editorial Board for Canadian Perspectives on Academic Integrity.
Pizarro holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and is the Vicerectory of Academic Affairs at Pontifica Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. He also served as the head of the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering at the university and is active in researching water quality, such as multidimensional biofilm modeling for water and wastewater treatment
These board members assumed their duties at the organization’s March 4 board meeting and will each serve a term of three years.