ERIC Number: EJ847127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abusive Administration: A Case Study
Jefferson, Anne L.
Educational Considerations, v34 n1 p35-36 Fall 2006
In the academic world, there is an assumption of reasonable administrative conduct. In fact, to ensure such conduct, universities, like other public institutions, may have collective agreements to reinforce this assumption. However, in some cases, the university as employer can very quick off the mark should any faculty member wander into what it considers unacceptable conduct. At the same time, university administrators may not hold themselves to the same standard. This case study provides an illustration whereby the double standard revealed abusive action by administration. The case omits names of individuals for they are not the intended focus. Rather, the process that evolved is the focus of this commentary because of how it was used by the administration to evade accountability for alleged abusive actions. It is an example of a technique commonly used by those in power who seek to secure their position without investigation.
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Administration, Case Studies, Work Environment, Power Structure, Antisocial Behavior, Administrator Behavior, Teacher Administrator Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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