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On Cheating and Prosperity

andre the giant "obey" graffiti posters on concrete walls

At the outset of a new academic year, we'd do well to reflect on how we pitch academic integrity—and the concept of cheating—to our students. Not only does it affect how they see us as teachers and scholars; it also affects in profound ways how we see (or don't see) students as complex human beings. And this asks us to go against our gut reactions to the apparent moral legibility of cheating. If we understand cheating as an evasive concept, and as a product of our institutions, we're much less likely to incentivize it.

Entitled or Engaged?

Student protest against police violence on university campus

Recent student activism on campus, particularly around safe spaces, trigger warnings, and microaggressions, has led to rising criticism lobbied against millennials as a generation unwilling to engage opposing beliefs or challenging discourse. Yet, taking into consideration all that young adults navigate to pursue higher education, their dissident presence on campus does more to reveal how they actively participate in the world -- including their education.

Teaching Design for the Here and Now

student drawing a building facade under the title "principles and elements"

In March 2017, the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the national organization of interior design educators. To learn more, I spoke with Patrick Lee Lucas and Helen Turner about the initial conversations that led to the course redesign, the process of working collaboratively with colleagues, and the road ahead as they continue to refine and expand their efforts.