Authority on Academic Integrity to Speak at Agnes Scott’s Founder’s Day

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tricia Bertram Gallant, academic integrity coordinator at the University of California San Diego, will explore what it means to live honorably when she delivers the address at Agnes Scott College’s Founder’s Day Convocation Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
Tricia Bertram Gallant
The lecture, “Living Honorably: A Call for 21st Century Courage,” will be held in the Katharine Woltz Reception Room in Rebekah Scott Hall. A reception will be held in the Rebekah lobby following the convocation. The event is free and open to the public.

In her role at UCSD, Gallant works closely with campus constituents to create a culture of academic integrity on campus, reduce student cheating and handle academic misconduct. Gallant has published in The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education and the NASPA Journal. She is the author of "Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century: A Teaching and Learning Imperative" (April 2008, Jossey-Bass) and co-author of "Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do" (2009, Blackwell). She has also authored several book chapters on academic integrity, ethics and higher education leadership and occasionally teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in leadership and higher education administration.

Gallant earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and master's degree in adult education from the University of Guelph in Canada, and her doctorate in leadership studies is from the University of San Diego.

Known for its Honor Code, Agnes Scott has been looking specifically at the concept of “living honorably” during this academic year. In her speech to the class of 2014 at the Honor Code Signing Ceremony, Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott, noted “At this moment you officially join a community of honor that stretches back to the founding of this college and, in particular, to that bold decision 104 years ago when Agnes Scott Institute became Agnes Scott College , to introduce a system of student self-government.

“Keep in mind that in 1906 …women in this country had no right to vote,” she continued. “So Agnes Scott’s system of student self-government reflected a powerfully counter-cultural vision of taking women seriously as citizens with full moral and civic status and autonomy.”

When Agnes Scott College was established in 1889, Col. George Washington Scott was one of its key founders and the college’s primary benefactor. Since 1918, Col. Scott’s birthday, February 22, has been celebrated by the college as Founder’s Day – a time for looking back in gratitude, but also a time for looking forward with vision. Agnes Scott was founded as Decatur Female Seminary in 1889 and was later renamed Agnes Scott Institute during the 1890-91 academic year to honor Col. Scott’s mother. In 1906, it was chartered Agnes Scott College and awarded its first degrees.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.