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Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education
Understanding Vulnerable Employees' Experiences

ISBN 9780367509422
Published May 13, 2021 by Routledge
216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This analytical volume uses qualitative data, quantitative data, and direct employee experiences to aid understanding of why workplace bullying occurs in universities throughout the US. To address higher education workplace bullying, this text offers data-driven interventions for human resource staff and departments to effectively tackle this destructive phenomenon.

Drawing on Hollis’ first-hand research which is supported by findings from a 2019 Human Resources data collection, this text identifies populations which are most vulnerable to discrimination within academia. The data shows how human resource departments, executive leadership, and faculty might proactively intervene to prevent workplace bullying. Divided into two parts, the book offers empirical analysis of structural interventions for human resource efforts to combat workplace bullying in higher education. Second, the book puts forth solutions based on empirical findings for organizations and human resources to combat workplace aggression and civility which hurts higher education. Further, the author examines the specific effect of workplace harassment and cyberbullying on women of color, junior faculty, women, and the LGBTQ community.

This text will benefit researchers, doctoral students, and conducting higher education research. Additionally, the book focusses on structural issues which interfere with multicultural education more broadly. Those interested in Human Resource Management, the sociology of education, and gender and sexuality studies and will also enjoy this volume.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David C. Yamada


Part 1: Human Resources and Higher Education

Chapter 1: Training Current HR Personnel for New Tricks: Analyzing the Relationship Between Training and Workplace Bullying.

Chapter 2: Speaking for Themselves: The Voices of Human Resources Personnel Regarding Workplace Bullying in Higher Education

Chapter 3: Is Bullying Baked into the University? The Organizational Placement of Human Resources and Its Relationship with Workplace Bullying

Chapter 4: Bullied About? Lawyer Up!: When Workplace Bullying Evolves into Legal Complaints

Chapter 5: Ombudsmen as Potential Peacemakers with Workplace Bullying in Higher Education

Part 2: Workplace Bullies and Vulnerable Populations

Chapter 6: The Procrustes Figure, the Curmudgeon, and the Snow White Syndrome: Styles of Higher Education Workplace Bullying

Chapter 7: An Unfair Fight: Black Women’s Additional Risk -- Facing "Mobbing" in Higher Education

Chapter 8: Pressure Points: Workplace bullying, Self-Determination, and Career Interruption for Women in Higher Education.

Chapter 9: New Kid on the Block? Mentoring for Junior Faculty and Dealing with Workplace Bullying

Chapter 10: High-Tech Harassment: A Chi-Square Confirmation that Workplace Cyberbullying Disproportionally Affects People of Color and the LGBQ Community in Higher Education

Chapter 11: Afterword

Appendix: Hollis Instrument Questions

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Leah P. Hollis is Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership & Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA, and also serves as a visiting scholar at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.