Azalea Hulbert joined the Office of the Provost as director of academic integrity this month, stepping into a new role at West Virginia University consistent with the University’s commitment to student success.
“Academic integrity is the foundation of our student’s academic success at all levels,” said Vice Provost Paul Kreider. “It’s often invisible, since as our students challenge themselves intellectually, they also mature ethically, guided by their faculty members and fellow students. But we believe that we can help our students achieve even more by putting resources and best practices front and center. Bringing Dr. Azalea Hulbert in to lead the conversation about those best practices in academic integrity is a key step in that direction.”
Identified for the role of director of academic integrity following a national search, Hulbert is an expert in the field. She brings more than a decade of experience as a practitioner, researcher and consultant at postsecondary institutions to the newly established position at WVU. Hulbert is recognized as a presenter and facilitator both domestically and abroad and has not only published on critical applied issues of concern such as student development and higher education law but has also designed, developed and implemented on-campus initiatives focused on integrity.
“As an educator, I am passionate about helping students learn and grow both academically and ethically,” Hulbert said. “I am thrilled to be stepping into a role that will allow me to continue to pursue my passion for holistic student development by supporting students and ensuring that they have the tools they need to thrive, as students and later, as professionals."
Hulbert earned her BS in human environmental sciences from the University of North Alabama, her master’s in business administration from Samford University and her Ph.D. in higher education administration with a focus on academic integrity from Penn State University. As part of her dissertation research, she developed a comprehensive, multi-faceted qualitative assessment instrument to evaluate ways in which academic environments influence students’ personal values and beliefs on academic integrity.
In 2013, Hulbert founded the Southeastern U.S. Regional Consortium of the International Center for Academic Integrity, a collaborative group of faculty, staff and students from universities across the Southeast seeking to identify and implement best practices in managing academic misconduct. She led this group from 2013 to 2014.
“A campus-wide commitment to academic integrity is crucial in the development of ethical and informed alumni,” Hulbert said. “I see clear evidence of that commitment at WVU and am excited to work with campus partners—including faculty, students, administrators and other key stakeholders—to move WVU’s academic integrity initiatives to the next level."
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