Global Innovation Awards 2016

Africa & Middle East Asia Australia & New Zealand Europe Latin America & Caribbean North America United Kingdom

We are pleased to announce and congratulate this year’s winners - educators, technology administrators and students from around the world - who have demonstrated excellence!

Turnitin is proud to recognize these individuals worldwide who exhibit a commitment to academic integrity and excellence in learning through the innovative and effective use of Turnitin and other educational approaches.

With a record 500 nominations from nearly 50 countries, winners and finalists were selected through a series of interviews and reviews by an international panel of academics and previous award winners who chose finalists across seven regions in three categories: academic integrity, student engagement, and writing improvement. 

One overall winner was chosen this year, a Global Innovator, for being an exemplary champion of best practices for academic integrity and student engagement through the use of Turnitin in training, professional development, support, and collaboration.

Use the interactive map or read on below to see the 2016 winners and honorable mentions from each region and award category. Be sure to click through to read their stories!

*Details about each category can be found here.

Global Innovators 2016

Princewill Odum

Winner

Princewill Odum
Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS & Turnitin Administrator

University of Calabar, Nigeria

Princewill is a passionate educator who also took on the role of Turnitin administrator when his institution implemented the service in 2014. He has since carried out countless training sessions and has campaigned and worked with various organizations, institutions and individuals, both in Nigeria and the rest of the world, to share and learn best practices. “It’s exciting to see how we can come together as a continent to ensure that academic integrity is brought to the forefront of people’s minds. And you can’t do it without collaboration.”

Read Princewill's story here.

Ann Rogerson

Runner-up

Ann Rogerson
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business

University of Wollongong, Australia

Ann’s enthusiasm and energy is infectious. In her nine years as an academic, she has encountered students from a variety of educational backgrounds with varying degrees of competency in academic writing. However, she succeeds in making discussions around academic integrity positive and educative, emphasizing the merits of good scholarship and how Turnitin can be used to further these discussions. She is a deeply committed advocate for academic integrity beyond the confines of her own institution and has presented her research on the global stage.

Read Ann's story here.

Africa & Middle East



Princewill Odum

Princewill Odum

Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS & Turnitin Administrator:

University of Calabar, Nigeria

In 2014 the University of Calabar sought to establish a global quality standard for research work and theses, and in order to achieve this goal Lecturer Princewill began a tireless campaign to ensure that Turnitin was utilised by students on all graduate programmes.

Eva Sujee

Eva Sujee

Deputy Director, Research:

South African Qualifications Authority (Previously: Teacher, St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls), South Africa

In her previous role as a teacher working at a girls’ boarding school in Pretoria, Eva had the challenge of trying to address varying levels of proficiency in Afrikaans in her First Additional Language class.

Fouzia Begum

Fouzia Begum

Postgraduate Student:

Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE

After completing her undergraduate studies at a university in India, Fouzia commenced her postgraduate studies in Education at Middlesex University’s Dubai campus. However, her undergraduate program which focused on exams and rote memorisation did little to prepare her for Western academic writing conventions.

Honorable Mentions



Jelena Zivkovic

Jelena Zivkovic

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Natasha Mwila

Natasha Mwila

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Muhammed Refeque

Muhammed Refeque

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Tamer Elewa

Tamer Elewa

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
David Hume

David Hume

Honorable Mention: Writing Improvement 2016

Asia



Kashif Karim

Kashif Karim

Education Coordinator:

Aga Khan University, Pakistan

During the past years, Kashif has undertaken the formidable task of integrating Turnitin into the Aga Khan University’s Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Postgraduate Residency Programs.

Alex Banks

Alex Banks

English Instructor:

Handong Global University, South Korea

Alex utilises Turnitin in his English as a Second Language acquisition courses at the Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea, where his department's focus is on teaching academic English in a university context.

Honorable Mentions



Bee Dy

Bee Dy

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Bhojaraju Gunjal

Bhojaraju Gunjal

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Monica Morscheck

Monica Morscheck

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Anar Bayarsaikhan

Anar Bayarsaikhan

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016

Australia & New Zealand - Higher Education



Ann Rogerson

Ann Rogerson

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business:

University of Wollongong, Australia

Ann believes passionately in teaching and developing critical thinking and writing skills and deeply understands the importance of integrity and feedback in the “real” world.

Kathie Ardzejewska

Kathie Ardzejewska

Manager of the Learning & Teaching Office & Academic Developer:

University of Notre Dame, Australia

Kathie, as Manager of the Learning and Teaching Office (LTO), helped to develop the guidelines around using Turnitin and embed positive academic practices into the learning culture at the University. 

Honorable Mentions



Karen Hong

Karen Hong

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Melanie Sullivan-Gunn

Melanie Sullivan-Gunn

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Tania Bucic

Tania Bucic

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Ben Crockett

Ben Crockett

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016

Australia & New Zealand - Secondary & Further Education



Desmond Waters

Desmond Waters

Director of E-Learning & Head of Biology:

Palmerston North Boys' High School, New Zealand

Des Waters, Director of E-Learning and Head of Biology at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, is an outspoken champion of Turnitin, which his school uses across all subjects to teach the importance of academic integrity and improve feedback on assignments.

Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards

eLearning Leader:

St Michael’s College, Australia

St. Michael’s College offers a device to every student as part of an effort to enhance learning and improve engagement. The kids love the digital environment and eLearning Coordinator, Ben is working with staff to help them make the transition to a more modern framework for learning. 

Europe



Javier Belda Iniesta

Javier Belda Iniesta

Professor, Canon Law & History of Law, Law Faculty & Academic Secretary, International Doctoral School:

Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain

In his role as Research Coordinator for his faculty, Javier was instrumental in convincing the university to expand its usage of Turnitin to institute this requirement, as well as implement a “certification” process for student work. 

Aurora Martínez-Martínez

Aurora Martínez-Martínez

Professor & Researcher, Economics & Business Management:

Universidad Internacional de la Rioja & Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain

Aurora, who teaches business and management, directs research degrees, and is principal investigator in research projects, says Turnitin is one of the tools that is fundamental to her students’ success.

Boitumelo Olga Mano

Boitumelo Olga Mano

Student:

World Maritime University, Sweden

Boitumelo belongs to a global community of postgraduate students at the World Maritime University, founded by a specialized agency of the United Nations. Boitumelo is specializing in Maritime Law and Policy and is fully committed to the University’s aim to facilitate safe, efficient shipping on clean oceans.

Honorable Mentions



Viorel Negru

Viorel Negru

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
María Soria

María Soria

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Lucas Naves

Lucas Naves

Honorable Mention: Writing Improvement 2016

Latin America & Caribbean



Dariel Díaz Arce

Dariel Díaz Arce

Biology Teacher:

Unidad Educativa Santana-Cuenca, Ecuador

At the Unidad Educativa Santana in Ecuador, Dariel places an emphasis on developing abilities in students that encourage them to acquire knowledge on their own. He puts them in situations in which they have to research a variety of sources and bring this information to class for discussion in order to ultimately come to a conclusion about their quality.

Elisa Montoya Cantoral

Elisa Montoya Cantoral

Communications Area Coordinator:

TECSUP, Peru

As Communications Area Coordinator of TECSUP, Elisa implemented Turnitin to improve the efficiency of communication competencies in her students. The Peruvian institution focuses on developing “soft competencies” in students, such as teamwork, efficient communication, decision-making processes, and leadership.

Reider Hernández Huanca

Reider Hernández Huanca

Student:

TECSUP, Peru

Nominated for the award by his professor, Elisa Montoya Cantoral, TECSUP student Reider Hernández Huanca feels that using Turnitin in the classroom, coupled with his professor’s feedback, has helped him learn to effectively quote, paraphrase, write and present arguments.

Honorable Mentions



Diego Hernández

Diego Hernández

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Rubén More Valencia

Rubén More Valencia

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Rhonda Dookwah

Rhonda Dookwah

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Andrés Coronel Calderón

Andrés Coronel Calderón

Honorable Mention: Writing Improvement 2016

North America - Higher Education



Anthony Iodice

Anthony Iodice and Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching staff:

Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching at Iona College (CELTIC):

Iona College, New York

Anthony Iodice and his staff at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Iona College (CELTIC) were asked to develop an online tutorial program on academic integrity and plagiarism initially for the institution’s Honors Program students.

Jarmese Sherrod

Jarmese Sherrod

Developmental English & Media/ Media Program Advisor Richland Community College

University of Maryland College, Maryland & Richland Community College, Illinois

Dr. Jarmese Sherrod engages her students to not only help them develop their skills, but also so that they grow in their passion for writing. To do this, she must employ a variety of techniques to appeal to the diverse range of students she teaches.

Honorable Mentions



Karen Cukrowski & Steve Hare

Karen Cukrowski & Steve Hare

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Nara Martirosyan

Nara Martirosyan

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Debi Hall

Debi Hall

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Lisa Linder

Lisa Linder

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016

North America - Secondary & Further Education (K12)



Marye Smith

Marye Smith

Instructor:

Hampton High School, Georgia

Marye has helped to instill an understanding among her students that writing is not just an academic exercise, but an important life skill.

 

Lisa Wathen

Lisa Wathen

English Teacher:

Nicolet High School, Wisconsin

Turnitin Feedback Studio gives Lisa and her students a common language to discuss writing, helping them grow and improve.

Obehi Uadiale

Obehi Uadiale

12th Grade Student:

Hampton High School, Georgia

According to Obehi, Dr. Smith’s class pushed her to a new level, making her both better at citing and a better writer all around.

Honorable Mentions



Jennifer Bigioni

Jennifer Bigioni

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
William Kimsey

William Kimsey

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Kasey Spencer

Kasey Spencer

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Charles Cummings

Charles Cummings

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin

Honorable Mention: Writing Improvement 2016
Johnna Gadomski

Johnna Gadomski

Honorable Mention: Writing Improvement 2016

United Kingdom - Higher Education



Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown

Lecturer in Education & Secondary Teacher Education Programme Leader:

UCL Institute of Education, London

Nicole has prioritized teaching academic integrity because she wants her students to be able to uphold high academic standards and be prepared to teach their future students around the globe to do the same.

Joe Gazdula

Joe Gazdula

Senior Lecturer in International Partnerships:

University of Bolton, Bolton

As a faculty member of the off-campus division the University of Bolton, Joe works on partnership and franchise programs with students from places like Vietnam, Malaysia, Malawi, and UAE. They’re using Turnitin to help meet the University’s stated goal of making sure remote students receive the same high-quality education and feedback as their on-campus peers.

Honorable Mentions



Phil Rothwell

Phil Rothwell

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Plato Kapranos

Plato Kapranos

Honorable Mention: Academic Integrity 2016
Pamela Davies

Pamela Davies

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016
Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire

Honorable Mention: Student Engagement 2016

United Kingdom - Secondary & Further Education



John Hindmarsh

John Hindmarsh

Lecturer in Applied Science:

Westminster Kingsway College, London

Nominated by a fellow teacher, John has been instrumental in helping his department adopt Turnitin to teach essential writing skills and reduce levels of plagiarism.

Madihah Jilani

Madihah Jilani

Teacher of Health & Social Care:

Leyton Sixth Form College, London

Madihah and her colleagues use the report and the similarity score as a starting point for a wider conversation with the students on the importance of original ideas.

Award Categories

Student Engagement Award



Awarded to one educator per region

This award recognizes an educator who provides rich feedback on student work, engages students, and improves student learning with Turnitin products.

Academic Integrity Award



Awarded to one educator per region

This award recognizes an educator who promotes academic integrity, has reduced unoriginal writing among students, and has improved students' proper citation and attribution practices with Turnitin products.

Writing Improvement Award



Awarded to one student per region

Turnitin is proud to recognize students for their work. Nominate students who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in writing, improving their own skills or those of their peers, or promoting academic integrity at their school or institution.

Global Innovator Award



Awarded to one overall winner world-wide

This award recognizes an educator who goes above and beyond to actively promote or encourage the use of Turnitin products inside or outside of their institution through innovation in training, professional development, support, sharing ideas and best practices, and otherwise championing the use of Turnitin products across the curriculum.

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