The Chronicle of Higher Education has a major article out now on bullying in the academic workplace, “Academic Bullies.” I was interviewed and extensively quoted in it, so if you’re curious, you can read it to learn the heretofore undisclosed location of my first tenure-track job. (Many thanks to the article’s author, Piper Fogg, who provided Historiann with the free link. Piper is a young go-getter with her eye on the main chance, so look for her byline in other high profile publications in the years to come!) I think the article is a good overview of the problem, it offers some possible solutions, it points to resources for people who find themselves in similar straits, and my hope is that it will draw attention to what many of us in the academic blogosphere know is a major problem in our work environments.
These boots of Historiann’s were made for walkin’, and I’ve never regretted my decision to walk out of that university, saddle up Old Paint, and ride on out to Baa Ram U. I hope those of you who are still stuck in a bullying environment are busy photocopying your CVs and dossiers and will all have good luck on the job market this year. Changing jobs is not possible for everyone–family obligations, medical issues, spousal employment, or other factors mean that not everyone is as free as I was to change jobs, but I strongly believe that it’s the shortest and fastest route to preserving your career as well as your physical and mental health. Institutions always have more money and time than individuals, and if your department or college administrators are unwilling to intervene effectively on your behalf, then you owe them nothing. You’ve already put up with more than should have been expected of you.
For those of you just tuning in, or finding yourself in newly desperate circumstances, here’s a roundup of my major posts on academic bullying:
Workplace bullies and the academy, March 28, 2008
Academic bullying and discrimination round-up, yee-haw!, April 10, 2008
Don’t sue–run for your lives! (part I), June 24, 2008
Don’t sue–run for your lives! (part II), June 25, 2008
Academic workplace bullying: run away, indeed!, June 27, 2008.