ERIC Number: EJ1171430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Bullying in the Academy: Understanding the Student Bully and the Targeted "Stupid, Fat, Mother Fucker" Professor
May, Amy; Tenzek, Kelly E.
Teaching in Higher Education, v23 n3 p275-290 2018
Bullying within academia often focuses on peer bullying or the student victim. However, the student bully who targets professors is a neglected area of study yet just as destructive, demeaning, and intimidating. Using a narrative lens analysis, the researchers share how the story of bullying unfolds in the classroom. Distinct triggers, such as entitlement or expectation management, mark the beginning of the narrative. As the narrative progresses, students display a variety of aggressive behaviors in an attempt to establish power or dominance over the targeted professor. The resulting academic contrapower harassment (ACPH) display may negatively impact the professor psyche, learning environment, and overall level of satisfaction with the professoriate, leaving a potentially open-ended narrative that impacts targeted professors for years to come. Thematic analysis reveals shared themes among targeted professors, indicating bullying is problematic on multiple levels. The findings suggest a lack of formal training and education while reinforcing the importance of peer networks.
Descriptors: Bullying, College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Aggression, Power Structure, Victims, Expectation, Psychological Patterns, Job Satisfaction, Peer Groups, Faculty Development, Cultural Pluralism, Academic Ability, Self Concept, Gender Differences, Fear, Safety, Trust (Psychology), Classroom Techniques, Grading, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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