Congratulations to the 2015 Finalists!

Turnitin All-Stars recognizes educators who demonstrate a commitment to academic integrity, enhance student learning by providing more engaging feedback, or champion the use of Turnitin at their institution or district-wide.
2015 All-Stars Winners will be announced in April of 2015.

MVP Finalists
Secondary Ed

Kristen Willich

Mater Dei Catholic High School, California

Jill Sprott
Sacred Hearts Academy, Hawaii

Cindy Freed
Pinellas Park High School, Florida

Gnann Moser
Valdosta High School, Georgia

Academic Integrity Finalists
Secondary Ed

Jackie Harbach

Alpha Omega Academy, Iowa

Jessica Riegert
Los Alamitos High School, California

David Jacome
Benedictine Academy, New Jersey

Gail Wiercioch
Lockport Township High School, Illinois

Grading & Feedback Finalists
Secondary Ed

Eric Mills

Denver School of the Arts, Colorado

Sharon Waldron
Ursuline Academy, Delaware

Brian Mays
Lower Merion High School, Pennsylvania

Peter Flynn
Roxbury High School, New Jersey

MVP Finalists
Higher Ed

Mike Scheuermann

Drexel University, Pennsylvania

Julie Trager and Lisa Boutin
Cerritos College, California

Jeana West
Murray State College, Oklahoma

Katie Hughes
San Diego State University, California

Academic Integrity Finalists
Higher Ed

Susan Wildburger

University of Texas, Dallas, Texas

Wylie Tidwell
Westwood College , Georgia

Jessica Vanderhoff
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Bob Jackson
Ashford University, California

Grading & Feedback Finalists
Higher Ed

Jessica Cooke

University of North Georgia, Georgia

Tony Russell
Central Oregon Community College, Oregon

Charles Heath
Sam Houston State University, Texas

Jennifer Haber
St. Petersburg College, Florida

Meet the 2015 All-Stars Judges

Last year’s All-Stars winners are part of this year’s judging panel. Hear from this year’s judges.

Rebecca Hewett, 2014 Winner
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Audrey Wick, 2014 Winner
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Jennifer Schroeder, 2014 Winner
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Individual Categories

Institutional Categories


Individual Categories


The MVP All-Star award goes to the individual that has actively promoted or encouraged the use of Turnitin inside and outside of their institution through: training; professional development; support; sharing ideas and best practice; and otherwise championing the use of Turnitin.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Marc Helgeson

Language Arts Teacher,
Rich Central High School

Marc Helgeson has used Turnitin institution-wide to drive usage across assignments.

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Audrey Wick

Professor of English,
Blinn College

Audrey Wick discusses how she went from piloting Turnitin to organically growing its use to all four campuses at Blinn College.

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Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Ryan Novak

English Teacher,
Kenston Local Schools

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Matt Davidson

English Teacher,
Pittsford Central School District
New York

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Lillie Marshall

Humanities Teacher,
Boston Public Schools

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Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Marissa Levy

Assoc. Prof. of Criminal Justice,
Richard Stockton College
New Jersey

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David Shreiber

Graduate Program Director,
Rutgers University
New Jersey

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Dr. Shannon Farris

Assistant Prof. of Psychology,
St. Leo University

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Grading & Feedback

The Grading & Feedback All-Star goes to the educator that has demonstratively used Turnitin to: provide rich feedback on student work; save time grading; and streamline the grading and teaching process.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Mark Vital

English/AP Psych. Teacher,
Advanced Math & Science Academy

Mark Vital uses Turnitin to ensure consistent, in-depth, and effective instruction in two vastly different learning contexts. For his 6th graders, it is about building a solid foundation of stepping stones earlier through increased student engagement and the accessibility of their online portfolio. For the 12th graders, it is about providing targeted FRQ feedback to aid the student's understanding of the AP grading system.

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Rebecca Hewett

English Instructor,
CSU Bakersfield

Rebecca Hewett uses Turnitin to evaluate assignments other than the traditional research paper, assignments like powerpoints, data visuals, public service announcement posters, and other community-oriented assignments that engage and empower students to see the value of their education and improve communication skills.

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Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Diane Marturano

Chemistry Teacher,
Wayne Valley High School
New Jersey

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Cindy Garraway

Language Arts Teacher,
Sandra Day O'Connor HS

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Peter Frengel

English Teacher,
Harrisburg Academy

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Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Missy Mohler

Asst. Professor of Nursing,
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

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Lafayette Eaton

Adjunct Faculty, Chemistry,
St. John Fisher College
New York

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Nayena Blankson

Asst. Prof. of Psychology,
Spelman College

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Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity All-Star award goes to the educator that demonstratively uses Turnitin to: reduce unoriginal writing; address academic integrity; and teach proper citation and attribution.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Nancy Ruffell

English Teacher/Dept. Head,
Snowflake High School

Nancy Ruffell uses Turnitin's Originality Report to help students to integrate sources, paraphrase properly, and analyze existing scholarship. This helps to elevate students to seeing their research papers as adding to an academic conversation, empowering them to become life-long learners.

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Jennifer Schroeder

Assistant Professor,
Millikin University

Jennifer Schroeder uses Turnitin’s Originality Report to promote academic integrity, independent thought, and ethical reasoning for both undergraduate and graduate students. For Schroeder, teaching academic integrity is really about engaging students and having them take more ownership of their work.

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Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Amy Mahoney

English Teacher,
Mahopac Central School District
New York

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Jessica Thur

English Teacher,
Dutch Fork High School
South Carolina

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Cynthia Christopherson

English Teacher,
North Stafford High School

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Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Teresa Maybee

English Faculty,
South University

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Mary Lawson

Professor of English,
Houston Community College

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Janice Webb

Associate Librarian,
Coleman University

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Institutional Categories


The Excellence All-Star is an institutional award based on how an institution has been using Turnitin to its full potential for multiple years, showcasing organization support, best practices, and training resources.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Hackensack High School

New Jersey

At Hackensack High School, Turnitin is used for nearly every submission in the English Language Arts program, for grading, peer review, and checking for potential plagiarism. Other disciplines—social studies, math, science and business—have begun using it as well. Submission volume has increased 8-fold over last three years while the levels of highly unoriginal submissions has been cut in half.

"We have an entire Grade 9 team that is using Turnitin for everything from grading, they use the rubrics, they use it for peer editing, they use it for plagiarism obviously, and for a portfolio," says Roseanne Cavallo, supervisor of English, "and we have our Grade 12 team that is doing the same."

Central Oregon
Community College


Central Oregon Community College started using Turnitin in 2006, but it was in the 2008-2009 academic year that Turnitin was integrated with Blackboard—submission volume tripled and then increased at 20% each subsequent year. From the start they were heavy users of the online grading features and have maintained consistently low unoriginality.

"Every term, I make sure to have at least one training session on Turnitin and those are usually nicely attended," says, Barbara Klett, director of eLearning, "Plus other faculty tell their peers." Barbara's team maintains a webpage with links to recorded training sessions, to Turnitin's tutorials and custom tutorials specific to COCC.

Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Central High School


Texas A&M International University


Power User

The Power-User All-Star is an institutional award based an institution’s adoption and utilization of Turnitin’s full range of features.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Indian Hill School District


Over the last 3 years, Indian Hill School District has tripled its volume of submissions from 3,000 to over 9,000. Nearly half of those submissions are now being graded online as well, an increase of 86% over the previous academic year.

As the director of technology, Arline Pique has helped drive the adoption of Turnitin organically, through word of mouth, and user groups. As more instructors see the benefits, ease and simplicity of Turnitin, they use Turnitin more and more. She also attributes the boost in use to an integration of Turnitin within their Blackboard LMS as well as a new "Bring Your Own Computer" initiative.

New York Institute
of Technology

New York

NYIT has been using Turnitin consistently since 2005, initially as a tool for checking papers for potential plagiarism. More recently, the combination of a new integration with Blackboard, updated training resources, and recurring training sessions has led to a 3-fold increase in submission volume and significant adoption of online grading. The level of unoriginal submissions also dropped by half.

"I think the workshops we did for departments did a lot," says Francine Glazer, assistant provost and director at the Center for Teaching and Learning. "Our center does online workshops which are done entirely asynchronously because we have faculty all over the place at campuses around the world.

Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Bridgman High School


Wheelock College


Original Writers

The Original Writers All-Star is an institutional award based on how effective an institutional account has been in: reducing unoriginal content in student writing; addressing academic integrity; and using Turnitin as a tool to teach citation.

Winner (Secondary Ed)

Winner (Higher Ed)

Cascade Senior High School


Cascade Senior High School started its first academic year with a relatively low level of unoriginal submissions. In their second year of use, that was driven down even more, a 36% reduction, despite submission volume tripling. In addition, since the beginning, online grading has gone hand-in-hand with more than 70% of assignments getting graded in Turnitin.

Principal Cathy Tooley experienced Turnitin's effectiveness at a previous school and recommended it when she took over as principal. "We've spent a lot more PD time in the mornings, and now its being used by lots of other teachers, not just English," says Tooley. "We have professional development everyday here for 45 minutes.

Fuller Theological


Fuller Theological Seminary recently integrated Turnitin with Moodle. Since then, the level of unoriginal submissions has reduced by two-thirds while submission volume more than doubled. Additionally, faculty's use of Turnitin's online grading features has been steadily utilized since they started using the software in 2008, with a majority of papers now being marked with Turnitin.

We've been really pushing faculty in the direction of using Turnitin, not only as an effective means to gauge plagiarism and ensure academic integrity," says Tommy Lister, director of distributed learning, "But also as a way to enhance their own grading—giving students better feedback, resulting in hopefully higher learning gains for students."

Honorable Mention (Secondary Ed)

Honorable Mention (Higher Ed)

Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School


Blinn College


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