Improvisation and Plagiarism

Teddi Fishman

Teddi Fishman
Director of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)

For many teachers and students, the discussion of plagiarism centers on the do’s and dont’s and the consequences for violating integrity policies. Instead of solely focusing on this negative classroom dynamic, Teresa "Teddi" Fishman is encouraging a more positive approach—one that elevates a student’s view of creativity and original thought.

Join us for a an engaging session in which Teddi Fishman will share how to promote a culture of creativity through improv exercises in the classroom along with role-play workshops designed to help students understand what is “original” and why the strategic use of others’ ideas is an important and valued intellectual skill and exercise


Teresa (Teddi) Fishman is the Director of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI). Previously, she taught at Clemson University. Teddi's interest in ethics and academic integrity dates back to her pre-academic career in law enforcement. In fact, she continues to investigate and write about the complex communication practices of police and other emergency responders and more broadly, governmental and institutional rhetoric, including that of universities. Her work also includes analysis of online communication and the evolving rules and mores of virtual communities.