A Brief Guide to Academic Bullying
Targets of bullying are often the most vulnerable members of the scientific workforce—they may be low-paid graduate students or postdocs, living in a foreign country, navigating a foreign language and culture, and whose immigration status is tied directly to their employment. They may also have young families, be living paycheck-to-paycheck, and have health insurance and other benefits that depend on a contract position that can be revoked with little to no notice or cause. Finally, targets on the low end of a power differential are not likely to be supported by their institutions, particularly institutions that rely on the big grant earnings brought in by senior “bullies.” This book is a brief guide to the causes of academic bullying and to their solutions.
1. You Are a Target, Not a Victim
2. A Sample Target Story
3. Causes of Abusive Supervision: The Case of Bullying in Academic Science
4. Targets’ Responses to Abusive Supervision
5. Mobbing in Academia
Mehdi Kamali, Saman Hosseinpour, Jennifer Swann, Hossein Pooya Sareh, and Morteza Mahmoudi
6. What to Expect After Speaking Up?
7. Possible Solutions to Academic Bullying in Higher Education
Morteza Mahmoudi and Sherry Moss