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Saints and Scamps

Ethics in Academia
Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia. 25th anniversary ed. Rowman & Littlefield. Oct. 2010. c.144p. index. ISBN 9781442205666. pap. $19.95. ED
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Hailed as one of the best works on the subject of academic ethics when first published in 1985, Cahn's (philosophy, Graduate Ctr., CUNY) book has been "lightly edited" and appended with five papers for this 25th anniversary edition. Cahn originally sought to emphasize the obligations college professors assume in their careers, covering all aspects of teaching, from office hours and grading to departmental responsibilities and publishing. These obligations have remained relatively unchanged over the last quarter century. Unfortunately, so has the level of many professors' ethics. This edition is an effort to raise the consciences of a new generation of professors and stem the increase of academic malpractice. While it may be too late for those who have already acquired unethical teaching habits, perhaps this updated version will be better used by today's education students and novice instructors.
VERDICT Cahn's work is still relevant. Even parents, students, and taxpayers will find this an accessible read.

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