Cheating Lessons—Learning from Academic Dishonesty


An Event of the Diversity Lunch Talk Series

Date:  Friday, September 15, 2017
Time:  12:15PM to 1:45PM
Location:  Commonwealth Honors College, Events Hall

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. Please join Dr. James M. Lang, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College, for this presentation that will provide an overview of the various pressures that push student toward academic dishonesty, propose solutions for helping students learn how to do their work with integrity, and invite discussion about how to build a campus culture of academic integrity.

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series, with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Chancellor, the Commonwealth Honors College, the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Presenter Bio

James M. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he teaches courses in British literature and in creative nonfiction writing.  

For the past decade Lang’s writing has focused primarily on teaching and learning in higher education, including his four most recent books:  Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013); On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008); and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005).  Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has also published arguments or reflections on various aspects of higher education, from cheating to the high cost of a college education, in a range of newspapers and magazines, including Time, The Boston Globeand Notre Dame Magazine. He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for the University of West Virginia Press. He has delivered public lectures and faculty workshops at more than fifty colleges or universities in the United States and abroad. His website is