Jana Mathews (Facilitator) (Rollins), Mattea Garcia (Rollins) and Kerry Bechtel (Southwestern)
The unique attributes of the academic workplace—decentralized labor; clearly defined hierarchies; low faculty and staff turnover rates, and lack of managerial training for individuals occupying leadership roles—not only can breed tolerance of negative behavior patterns through the creation and promotion of exculpatory narratives (“i.e. that’s just the way [John/Jane] is”), but also serves as a powerful deterrent to direct confrontation: while speaking up may solve the problem, it also has the distinct potential of making things worse.
This workshop focuses on behaviors that lie outside the jurisdiction of current anti-discrimination laws in order to
1) educate participants on how bullying frequently manifests in academic departments and within their broader institutional settings
2) devise specific and concrete strategies for combating bullying behaviors from the perspectives of the victim, bystander, and supervisor/chair
3) create a personalized flow chart that links various behaviors with the person or office that is equipped to address them (hint: the answer usually isn’t HR).
View the recording of the workshop below: