Getting the Ghostwriter Out of Your Class

David Tomar

David Tomar

How "custom" are custom essays written by writers for hire? And, what do students expect to receive when they pay for a paper? More importantly, how can instructors effectively identify purchased papers and guide students away from using these services?

In this webcast, we share strategies and approaches for identifying ghostwritten work as well as how instructors can turn students away from using custom essay writing services.


Dave Tomar is author of The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (Bloomsbury USA). This memoir details Tomar’s decade as an academic ghostwriter and highlights the critical need for reform in higher education. Tomar is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has also appeared on ABC World News, Nightline and The Today Show.

Jason Chu is Education Director for Turnitin. His focus is on working to build resources for educators, and his personal passion is to find better ways to enhance student achievement. He will be moderating this webcast.