It’s Time to Have a Conversation About Bullying and Mobbing 


The telesummit Bullying and Mobbing in Higher Education has come to a close. BUT you can still get access to this great content!

Listen in as I interview eight experts on bullying and mobbing, and 5 academics who were victims of bullying and mobbing.  This is vitally important information, useful for any academic from graduate student to Provost. Learn:

  • What bullying and mobbing actually look like

  • How victims of bullies are selected and why

  • Why people bully

  • How to spot bullying early

  • The (very) high costs to the institution

  • When, how and whether to intervene

  • The effects on the victim

  • How mobbing gets started

  • What victims can do

  • What leaders can do

And so much more!  What an opportunity!

Listen to interviews with authorities who know the academic experience inside out, researchers who have zeroed in on this subject, and many who have been the victim of bullying themselves.

“I LOVE the bullying teleconference podcasts/recordings! I am listening to the podcasts and plan on purchasing these! I am so glad you let us know about this on the POD listserv. I will explore your resources further such as the online writing groups. Thanks again!”

~ Peggy

Peggy Semingson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Literacy Studies
The University of Texas at Arlington
UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teacher
College of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction

We will also hear from five brave interviewees who experienced bullying, who will hold nothing back in describing their experiences.  They’ll describe how the bullying started, what it felt like, how they tried to deal with it, and what the ultimate result was for them, for their department and for their future.


Own the recordings and PDF transcripts!

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What can you get from listening to these interviews?

Let’s start the kind of communication that creates a more effective and empowering environment.  My goal is to help you take charge of your academic career and do what it takes to work in an atmosphere of respect.  Learn what you can do now to:Anxious woman crop

  • Avoid being bullied (if you haven’t been, you could be next)

  • Avoid being a bully yourself!

  • NOT join the mob (doing nothing while someone else is bullied means you’ve joined the mob)

  • Take a stand for a non-bullying culture (and do it in a way that helps others and doesn’t put you in danger of retribution)

  • Become the kind of leader that won’t put up with a miserable work force who would rather leave the academy than continue to be mistreated

  • Realize the actual costs to your institution of allowing bullying and mobbing to continue

  • Realize that academic freedom to speak should not include incivility, verbal cruelty, malicious gossip, sarcasm, or any type of speech or action designed to hurt or harm someone and their career (Sorry, I got carried away)


Our experts

Hear the candid opinion of noted experts, such as

  • Maureen Duffy, who with Len Sperry wrote two books: Mobbing: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions and Overcoming Mobbing:  a Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying. She is the foremost authority on mobbing behavior and its effect on the workplace.
  • Stephanie Sharp, author of Bullies in the Board Room, whom I will interview twice — once about the M.O.s and maneuvers of bullies so that you can more easily and accurately spot them, and the second time about the many and varied tactics one must use to stop bullying. That way you’ll know what to do when you spot those bullying behaviors.
  • Leah Hollis, who wrote Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education.  She will speak about her research in both 4 and 2-year institutions, on academics who have experienced bullying.
  • Darla J. Twale, co-author with Barbara DeLuca of Faculty Incivility: The Rise of the Academic Bully Culture and What to Do About It. She will talk about her own and her colleagues’ experience of being bullied, which led to her researching and writing this seminal book.
  • Andrea J. Lee, an anti-gender-based-violence activist, speaker and business coach who is the founder of Thought Partners International and also the author of We Need to Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations
  • Brad Holland, the Ombudsman at the University of Virginia, who has intervened, mediated and spoken to all levels of administration about specific bullying instances. Learn the skills he uses to face conflict on a daily basis.
  • Patrick Scanlon, who has worked with his Provost to mentor and mediate with department chairs and other professors, in order to deal with bullying in a way that works for all concerned. He is the author of a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about bullying and other uncivil behaviors among faculty members, “Halting Academic Incivility (That’s the Nice Word for It)”


What is it like to be bullied and mobbed?


You will learn so much from hearing stories straight from the victims/targets of some determined bullies, in institutions that had ineffective institutional support. Once you listen to them, you will never again say, “Oh sure, it happened to her, but it could never happen to me.”

You’ll see the commonalities among the various situations.  Having just learned from the experts, you’ll notice the patterns of behavior that the bullies and the mob that allied itself to the bully demonstrates. And you’ll want to do what it takes to make sure it never happens to you or your department.


Here’s just some of what you’ll learn in this free virtual teleconference:

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  • Specific actions you can take to minimize your chances of being bullied (it’s not what you think)
  • The many faces of bullying (it’s not just aggression)
  • Why you should care about this huge problem even if you’ve never experienced it
  • >How even YOU could become part of a mob and not even know it
  • How being a bystander who does nothing makes you part of the mob
  • How to have those difficult conversations early on, without inviting retribution
  • How little time is spent teaching upper level administrators how to deal with bullying and mobbing, and why that is unfortunate
  • What are the steps you should take if you need to go for help from your institution
  • How to know if YOU are a bully
  • What recourse exists after the situation has gotten really bad
  • Why it’s important to have anti-bullying policies in place along with reasonable methods of enforcement.
  • Reasons the chair, dean, or provost may never back you up
  • How much money academic institutions are losing because of bullying and mobbing that is going unchecked

Here are the speakers you’ll be hearing from (some of our participants who have been victims of bullying have chosen not to include their image):

Stephanie Sharp
Brad Holland
Maureen Duffy
Patrick Scanlon
Leah Hollis
Leah P.
Andrea J. Lee
Andrea J.
Darla Twale
Darla J.
Kelly Beischel
Annie Johnson
Dr. Cecilia Younger
Pierre Joseph