An Examination of the Academic Reach of Faculty and Administrator Bullying

Raineri, Ellen M.; Frear, Dean F.; Edmonds, Jennifer J.
July 2011
International Journal of Business & Social Science;2011, Vol. 2 Issue 12, p22
Academic Journal
Within academia, bullying occurs through non-physical abusive behaviors in which an individual or a gang targets a victim due to personal inadequacies or personal gain. Despite numerous monetary and nonmonetary costs resulting from bullying, this activity continues to thrive. Accordingly, this study examines the reach of faculty and administrator bullying within a sample of small and midsize colleges and universities in the northeast and central locations of the US. Specifically, the study examines behavioral displays of academic bullying. It additionally queries the roles of faculty who demonstrate bullying: Sr. faculty bullying Jr. Faculty; Jr. faculty bullying Sr. faculty; Faculty bullying non faculty (staff -- not administrators); and Faculty participating in gang bullying. It also queries the roles of faculty who are victims: Jr. Faculty bullied by Sr. faculty; Sr. faculty bullied by Jr. Faculty; faculty bullied by non-faculty (staff- not administrators); and faculty bullied by gangs. Last, the study explores the elements of age, gender, and frequency. Paralleling the examination of faculty bullying is an examination of administrator bullying within similar areas. As a result, this study not only advances the understanding of academic bullying, but also suggests avenues for future academic bullying research.


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