When Plagiarism is a Good Thing – Mushfaking

Lunch and Learn

Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)

Saint Edward Hall 102
Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence
& via Webinar


Mushfaking - When Plagiarism is a Good Thing

Our students struggle to understand writing-assignment expectations, and instructors get frustrated by inappropriate / abnormal papers. Does this sound familiar to you?

If so, join your colleagues and Saint Leo University Assistant Professor of English Chris Friend, Ph.D., to explore the differences between “mushfaking” and plagiarism, and leverage the cues / patterns in writing within your specific discipline to help you improve student writing in your classroom.


Based on our event space, we invite up to 13 in-person attendees, and up to 500 webinar attendees.

Each individual attendee should register using the form at the bottom of this event page, ensuring that you select the desired ticket type (in-person or online).

A list of current registrants is available at the bottom of this event page.

Can’t make it in person? We’re excited to offer the option of attending remotely via Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing!

Bring Your Device

Please bring your device (eg. computer, tablet, phone) to make this a hands-on experience applying the ideas shared during the workshop.


Christopher Friend


Assistant Professor of English
Saint Leo University



Kirk Hall 311 at University Campus

Dr. Friend has been teaching first-year writing classes for seven years and has used the idea of “mushfaking” in the development of two universities’ writing curricula. He has seen first-hand the improvements in student confidence and writing quality when using example papers, and has seen a reduction in plagiarism from their use because they make writing assignments seem more achievable.


All registrants will receive a follow-up email message whenever the recording and session materials are posted here following the session.


A boxed lunch and water will be provided from Dining Services for all attendees who have registered below.

If you have a special dietary requirement, please indicate it whenever you register below.


This event is being hosted by the Saint Leo University Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

The event will be held in the Center in Saint Edward Hall 102 at University Campus.

Please use the resources below to prepare to drive & park.

Driving to Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574

 From the North or South:

Take I-75 to Exit 285.

Head east on Highway 52 for about 4 miles.

The entrance will be on your left between the twin entrance bell towers, across the street from the Abbey Golf Course.

Parking at Saint Leo University

From the main entrance:

Visitors who do not already have a University Campus parking pass should:

Enter campus through the main gate, and proceed 3/4 around the traffic circle and turn right onto West Way.

Then make an immediate left into the visitor parking lot at Campus Security and Safety.

Visitors should park in spaces marked “Visitor Parking.”

Walk to Campus Security & Safety (immediately in front of the visitor parking spots), and check in for a visitor’s pass and further instructions.

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

From the Parking Garage, walk west across campus on the sidewalk along East Way (the road on which you drove toward the parking garage), walking about 375 yards.

Proceed past Kirk Hall, past the bronze lion statue, and past the College of Business.

Look for the southeast entrance to Saint Edward Hall, which is nestled behind a fountain and rock garden.

Saint Edward Hall Southeast Entrance

After entering Saint Edward Hall, from the large main hallway on the ground floor, look for signs for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at the eastern end of the hallway.

Lunch and Learn


Date(s) - 03/28/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
All times are Eastern Time Zone (ET) unless otherwise noted.



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Confirmed Registrants

  • Darcy Goshorn
  • Barbara Caldwell
  • Galo Alava
  • Candace Roberts
  • Amanda Forrester
  • Cheryl Berry
  • Pamela Lee
  • Iona Sarieva
  • Christopher Friend