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Civility and Bullying in Higher Education: Secrets in Academia and the Culture of Incivilty
by Aranda, Jennifer L., Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2018, 140; 10784878
Abstract (Summary)

Everyone, at some time in their life, has been a target of or witnessed bullying; Think of the grade school bully on the playground taunting a classmate or the high school bully humiliating a peer through name-calling, isolation, or mobbing. It is difficult to believe incivility continues into adulthood and even into the workplace. With higher education in the United States a privilege rather than a right, the academy has become its own entity with its own housing, law enforcement, governing body, and unique population. Institutions mirror societal conventions with a hierarchical organization evincing the same social and professional interactions as a system based on power and privilege. Though incivil interactions may take place, bullying behavior may not be as transparent as seen in children, but research attests to workplace incivility and bullying as an area of concern. The 2017 Workplace Bullying Survey revealed 35% of Americans experienced workplace bullying and 15% had witnessed it happening to others; this equates to at least 50% of people have been involved in workplace bullying, either as a target or a bystander (WBI, 2017). This study examined the phenomenon of incivility among faculty and staff in institutions of higher learning through the lens of descriptive quantitative research. This study also collected information to identify common characteristics of targets and their perpetrators. Study participants were administered the Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised (NAQ-R), the leading instrument to measure perceptions of workplace bullying. The staff, faculty, and administration subjects were employed at four-year brick and mortar found when examining only the sample of self-identified targets. Meaningful differences were found and patterns emerged with comparative analysis and the inclusion of non-victims with the target population. Demographic factors provided further significance identifying commonalities of targets and non-victims, including race, longevity at the institution, orientation, and gender. The majority of respondents witnessed or were targets of bullying and incivility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Card, Karen
Commitee: Meyer, Casualene, Reed, Kris, Santo, Susan
School: University of South Dakota
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Adult education
Keywords: Academia, Bully, Civility, Incivility, Institutional culture, Mobbing
Publication Number: 10784878
ISBN: 978-0-355-81889-5
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