Our friend and colleague, Tracey Bretag, sadly passed away on October 7th, 2020. It is more than symbolic, that Tracey’s funeral takes place on the Global Ethics Day – October 21st, 2020. A memorial for Tracey will be held also at University of South Australia on October 26th at 4:00pm–5:15pm Adelaide time, which you can join via this link.
~The recording of the late Tracey Bretag’s Memorial Service can be seen here.
Tracey Ann Bretag was the Director of the Office for Academic Integrity at the University of South Australia Business School. She became famous as an editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Educational Integrity and editor of the extensive Handbook of Academic Integrity (once the best seller of Springer Education). According to Times Higher Education, she was one of the 20 most influential people in world higher education in 2019.
Tracey inspired, influenced, and significantly contributed to the success of ENAI from the very beginning. She has been a keynote speaker at the ENAI conferences since 2013. She shared her experience and provide valuable advice to our network. For her dedication to academic integrity for the most of her life, Tracey was given Lifetime Achievement Award by ENAI in April 2020.
„Tracey was endowed with extraordinary enthusiasm for her work, and she spread this enthusiasm and positive attitude around her. She considered even the most serious misconduct as a mistake which should have a learning outcome in the first place. She did not like words like “punishment” or “fighting” against plagiarism. She always emphasized positive values of academic integrity – honesty, fairness, trust, responsibility, respect and courage.“ Summarizes her life attitude Dr Tomáš Foltýnek – President of ENAI.
Tracey Bretag at Mendel University in 2015 as a keynote speaker at Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond conference.