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ERIC Number: ED546069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 123
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8907-1
A Phenomenological Investigation of Experiences Regarding Workplace Bullying in Higher Education
Burris, Patricia
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
Understanding academic bullying begins with gaining a better understanding of bullying behaviors in general. Academic bullying causes harm and extends over a period of time (Fogg, 2008). The tenure system and hierarchical nature of higher education contribute to the occurrence of bullying in colleges and universities (Fogg, 2003, p. A12). While legislation has been effective in reducing other workplace abuses, bullying is hard to define and document. Qualitative research was chosen to get the in-depth stories of six individuals who agreed to be interviewed for this study. The interviewees have been exposed to bullying in higher education. Most of the participants were targets of bullying but may not have been the main target. These individuals reported feelings of isolation, betrayal, sadness, and disruption of work. Providing another viewpoint on bullying in higher education, a person from a human resources department contributed comments on dealing with bullying. Administrators and human resources departments uphold the rules and procedures for personnel issues. Therefore, bullies create problems for them as well. In the end, the choice of staying or leaving a bullying situation is up to the individual. A target has to weigh the options and effects of the response. The participants reacted in a variety of ways: staying and trying to improve the situation, being forced out of their positions, going into another field entirely, or staying in higher education but moving to a different institution. This research will help others who are making the decision whether to lead, follow, or get out of the fray. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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