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ERIC Number: EJ1062719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
The Dark Side of the Ivory Tower: Cyberbullying of University Faculty and Teaching Personnel
Cassidy, Wanda; Faucher, Chantal; Jackson, Margaret
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v60 n2 p279-299 Sum 2014
This paper discusses findings from an exploratory study on the nature, extent, and impact of cyberbullying experienced by 121 faculty members at one Canadian university. We situate cyberbullying in university on a continuum between cyberbullying in K-12 education and cyberbullying in the workplace and also take into account the power dynamics that characterize the post-secondary context. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of online survey data revealed that 17% of respondents had experienced cyberbullying either by students (12%) or by colleagues (9%) in the last 12 months. Gender differences were apparent plus racial minority status also appeared to render faculty members more vulnerable to cyberbullying. These findings suggest a rights-based lens could be used to analyze and respond to the vulnerabilities of women and other marginalized faculty in cyberbullying situations. This study contributes to the dearth of research on cyberbullying at the post-secondary level and raises the need to consider factors of difference, such as gender and race, in policy development and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada