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Meet our Winners

The 2019 Global Innovation Awards recognize institutions and educators who help students everywhere to do their best, original work. This year’s global and regional winners have worked tirelessly to champion authentic learning, enhance assessment practices, help students to achieve learning objectives, and support institutional strategy. Discover their stories below.

Congratulations to our Global Innovator!

"We live in an academic environment where we are evidence-based and we always like to see what the evidence is and yet when we're looking at somebody's work, often it comes down to almost a gut feeling that you just don't feel this is the student's work."

Dr. Joe Stevens, Principal Lecturer, LLB Course Leader, Bloomsbury Institute, UK

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Meet our Regional Winners

Believe Bariledum Nwamae Rivers State University, Nigeria (Middle East and Africa)
Africa and the Middle East

Believe Bariledum Nwamae leveraged Feedback Studio’s resubmission feature to produce quality graduates who promote academic integrity at Rivers State University...

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Dr Lynn Gribble University of New South Wales, Australia
Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Lynn Gribble leverages Feedback Studio’s features to ensure equity and consistency in feedback and grading and ultimately improve student learning outcomes across the university...

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Stella Stefany (on behalf of) Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia
Asia

For the Universitas Pelita Harapan, Turnitin similarity checking services are an essential part of the student writing workflow and promote self-directed learning opportunities...

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Giga Khositashvili Ilia State University, Georgia (Europe)
Europe

Giga Khositashvili expanded his university's promotion of academic integrity by personally providing training in academic integrity best practices at 12 other higher educations in Georgia...

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Cultura de la Originalidad Team (on behalf of) Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD), Colombia
Latin America and the Caribbean

The Originality Culture Team prioritizes actionable feedback and positive interactions between students and teachers by utilizing Feedback Studio in their academic integrity program...

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Sofía Fernández López Preparatoria No. 2, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico
Latin America and the Caribbean

Sofía Fernández feels that meaningful, personalized, and measurable evaluation standards across subject areas are essential to student success in her Bilingual Baccalaureate program...

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Dr. Amir S. Gohardani Westcliff University, US
North America

Dr. Amir Gohardani recognizes the importance of data. He sees Turnitin’s massive database as a historical record that helps society to understand “where we innovate or where we copy”...

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Rachna Nath Arizona College Prep, Erie Campus, US
North America

In her science courses, Rachna Nath uses PeerMark to teach students how to grade and give feedback to their peers and ensures originality with Turnitin similarity checking features...

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Ms. Hasina Afroz (on behalf of) Brac University, Bangladesh
South Asia

After BracU adopted Turnitin in 2014, Ms. Hasina Afroz worked directly with the administration to implement the software, as well as develop a comprehensive university plagiarism policy...

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Dr. Joe Stevens Bloomsbury Institute, UK
United Kingdom and Ireland

Dr. Joe Stevens uses Turnitin Authorship to aid with the investigation of academic misconduct cases at his institution as well as spread overall academic integrity awareness...

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Meet our Judges

Thank you to the previous Global Innovation Awards winners and honorable mentions who helped to review this year's candidates.

Dr. Maritza Alvarez Feliz Saint Michael's School, Dominican Republic
Latin America and the Caribbean

Dr. Maritza Alvarez Feliz, the Literature and Social Studies Department Head at St. Michael's School in the Dominican Republic, strongly believes that feedback is one of the most invaluable tools that teachers can offer their students.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Latin America & Caribbean, 2018

Andrea Arnold Caldwell High School, Idaho
North America

As a high school English teacher at Caldwell High School, Andrea Arnold has a uniquely profound understanding of the value of originality in writing.

Winner, Excellence in Academic Integrity, North America & Canada, 2018

Dr. Sarah Dowling Trinity College, University of Melbourne
Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Sarah Dowling, Subject Leader of the Literature Department at Trinity College in Australia, serves a diverse population of post-secondary, international students.

Winner, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Australia & New Zealand, 2018

Amy Emanuel Christian Heritage College, Australia
Australia and New Zealand

Valuable and consistent feedback for students

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Australia & New Zealand, 2018

Erica Flinspach University of South Africa
Africa and the Middle East

Erica Flinspach is the Senior Integrity Officer as well as the Turnitin administrator for the University of South Africa (UNISA), where she has actively used Turnitin for ten years.

Overall Global Innovator, 2018 & Winner, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Africa & Middle East, 2018

Dr. Arunima Haldar S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, India
Asia

Dr. Arunima Haldar recognizes Turnitin as a unique tool that helps her and institution to stand out as it strives to innovate and promote value-based economic growth in India.

Winner, Writing with Integrity, Asia, 2017

Samia Hossfeld Business & Hotel Management School, Switzerland
Europe

Samia Hossfeld is the Head of Teaching and Learning at the Business and Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Europe, 2018

Teresa Johnson Swindon College
United Kingdom and Ireland

Teresa Johnson is the course lead for Access to Higher Education Pathways at Swindon College, a general further education vocational college in Swindon, England.

Winner, Excellence in Academic Integrity, UK & Ireland, 2018

Zeenath Reza Khan University of Wollongong, Dubai
Africa and the Middle East

For Zeenath Reza Khan winning the 2015 Turnitin Academic Integrity Award for the Africa and Middle East region concluded an extremely successful year. The instructor from the University of Wollongong in Dubai also received her PhD in September from the university’s sister campus in Australia.

Winner, Academic Integrity Award, Africa & Middle East, 2015

Emilia Illana Mahiques University of Iowa, US
Global Winner

As a Turnitin advocate, Emilia Illana Mahiques understands the importance of the peer review process, working to instill this knowledge in the graduate students and the second language learners with whom she works.

Special Commendation, Learning with Integrity, North America & Canada, 2018

Dr. Smitha Sunil Kumaran Nair Middle East College, Oman
Africa and the Middle East

Dr. Smitha Sunil Kumaran Nair leads the Center for Postgraduate Studies at the Middle East College in Muscat, Oman.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Africa & Middle East, 2018

Prashant Bhushan Pandey Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Kenya
Africa and the Middle East

Prashant Bhushan Pandey is an instructor, as well as the Extended Essay Coordinator, at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa in Kenya.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Africa & Middle East, 2018

Ruslan Penchev International Business School, Bulgaria
Europe

Ruslan Penchev is the Rector of the International Business School in Bulgaria.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Europe, 2018

Pushpamala Perera Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
Asia

Pushpamala Perera is the librarian at the premiere Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, where they utilize Turnitin to encourage an environment of academic integrity.

Honorable Mention, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Asia, 2018

Maribel Avila Sastre Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Latin America and the Caribbean

Universidad del Rosario stands on the belief that academic integrity is an essential element of education, and thus the leaders of this institution strive to instill these values in students and teachers.

Runner up, Global Innovator, 2018 & Winner, Excellence in Academic Integrity, Latin America & Caribbean, 2018

Karen Sheldrake Coleg Sir Gâr, Wales, UK
Global Winner

As a student at the Coleg Sir Gar in Wales, Karen Sheldrake can speak from experience when it comes to overcoming challenges in and outside the classroom.

Special Commendation, Learning with Integrity, UK & Ireland, 2018