Tony McMurtrie Award for Academic Integrity
The Tony McMurtrie Practitioner Award for Academic Integrity is awarded to a member of University of Adelaide staff (academic or professional) who exemplifies the values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage, in their application of the Academic Integrity Policy through either education and/or implementation.
Dr Tony McMurtrie was a Senior Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Business School and one of two Academic Integrity Officers in the Business School. He was an academic integrity champion for his Discipline, School, Faculty and the University. Tony acted as his School’s Academic Integrity Officer long before the concept of a specialist role for academic integrity was embedded in the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. In handling suspected academic integrity breaches, Tony skilfully balanced assessment security with academic integrity, always with the student’s experience and student’s welfare at the heart of his decision making.
Tony’s experience and expertise were very much valued through his contributions to the development of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy, implemented in 2020. His enduring commitment to furthering our understanding of good academic practice and building a culture of academic integrity at the University was demonstrated though his offer to provide his insight and expertise to the Policy Implementation Group in a voluntary capacity, and his regular thoughtful contributions to the discussions of the Academic Integrity Practitioners Network.
Nominations are invited from academic or professional staff (individuals or teams) who have responsibility for supporting academic integrity as part of their role.
Contributions made through the embedding of academic integrity education into curriculum will not be addressed through this Award Scheme. Instead educators should apply for the Academic Integrity category of the Commendations for Excellence and Innovation in Student Learning (closing 21 October, 2021)
Two awards will be presented in 2021. The winners will be announced on Friday 22 October as part of Academic Integrity Awareness Week. Winners will receive a certificate to mark this achievement.
Nominations for 2021 are closed. Nominations will reopen in September 2022
2021 Award Winners
Dr Lisa Powell
Dr Powell is a lecturer and Academic Integrity Officer in the Business School, and received three separate nominations for this award. Dr Powell’s colleagues commended her commitment to supporting students through the academic integrity process, showing empathy, understanding, and professionalism during academic integrity meetings. They also focused on her educative approach to academic integrity, encouraging students to improve their academic practice and connecting them to academic support services.
Faculty of Professions Support Hub (Genevieve Spalding, Sylvia Toelken, Kat Burgess)
The nominations highlighted the team’s dedication and attention to detail in providing support for the academic integrity process. They have worked collaboratively and innovatively to manage the Faculty’s academic integrity cases, in addition to sharing their expertise with other colleagues and practitioners. The nominations also highlighted the team’s exceptional commitment to student care during what can be a stressful time.
Dr Julia Miller
Dr Miller is a senior lecturer and Academic Integrity Officer in the School of Education. Dr Miller’s nomination demonstrated her longstanding commitment to academic integrity education and awareness, developing lectures and videos on academic integrity concepts, and focusing particularly on academic integrity education for students with English as an additional language. Dr Miller also shares her resources and expertise with her academic colleagues through numerous staff development initiatives such as the ADEPT program and the Academic Integrity Colloquium. Dr Miller was awarded a special award for her sustained contribution to Academic Integrity at the University of Adelaide.
Many nominations for this award demonstrated excellent practice in supporting and implementing academic integrity policy and process, as well as considerable collegiality and appreciation across the University for colleagues involved in academic integrity. Other nominations highlighted efforts to support and highlight academic integrity in committees and working groups, innovation and adaptation to streamline administrative processes, developing and sharing subject matter expertise, and participating in student-facing awareness activities. The nominees’ commitment to supporting and educating students, and to consistent and transparent application of the Academic Integrity Policy and process, were also apparent in these nominations.
- Professor Finnur Larusson, School of Mathematics
- Dr Amy Milka, Academic Integrity Support Officer, Division of Academic and Student Engagement
- Mr Tavik Morgenstern, Professional Support Officer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
- Ms Jessica Robins, Professional Support Officer, ECMS
- Dr Rick Wiechula, Academic Integrity Officer, Nursing School
- Dr David Wilson, Academic Integrity Officer, Medical School
- ECMS Integrity Professional Support Team (Jessica Robins, Bethanie Coggins, Priya Saravanan, Nazut Farha, Leanna Vita)
- Law School Academic Integrity Team (Dr Mark Giancaspro, Associate Professor David Brown, Kerrin Maratos)
The application must demonstrate values in action through activities that support the Academic Integrity Policy including (but not limited to):
- Promoting engagement with the Academic Integrity Policy and values among staff or students
- Leading conversations about academic integrity in the University community
- Developing and sharing subject matter expertise
- Developing innovative approaches or resources for use by the broader University community
- Contributions to policy and/or process development
- Innovation and enhancement of academic integrity investigation processes
- Providing excellent pastoral care
- Collegiality and peer support
How to nominate
To nominate yourself, a colleague or a team for this award, fill in the web form below.
- A statement of up to 300 words detailing the nominee’s contributions to the practice and support of academic integrity, in relation to one or more of the criteria outlined above.
- The application must directly address how the nominee’s contributions exemplify the values and provide evidence to support the claims.
The nominee will receive a copy of the nomination and statement when you submit the nomination.
All applications in will be assessed on the extent to which the application shows evidence that the contribution has had a significant impact in the implementation of Academic Integrity Policy or process, and/or on awareness and engagement in the local area/Faculty/University.
Applications will be assessed by a selection panel including:
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning) - Convenor
- Director, Education Strategy and Teaching Excellence
- one Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)
- one Professional staff manager
- one Academic Integrity Officer/Academic Integrity Support Officer
Please note that the nominee will receive a copy of the nomination and statement when you submit this form.