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Bullying in Higher Education

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1. "Culture of Cruelty: Why Bullying Thrives in Higher Education" (online article) begins with the premise that, "In an environment where discussion, debate and criticism are encouraged, undermining behaviour can flourish."

The article surveys causes of bullying in the workplace and then focuses on why bullying occurs and how it manifests in the academic context. Topic considered include the following:

Tips for Early-Career Professors

Decorative: "What I wish I knew then what I know now"


"What I Wish I Knew as an Early-Career Professor" (online article): "Just starting out? Worried about your lectures, your students, your time-management skills and more? Eight academics offer up their advice."

The article further elaborates on each of the following suggestions:

1. "Don't underestimate administrative tasks."

  • "My biggest surprise was the diversity of tasks that you become responsible for, and then how little time left there is to accomplish anything."

2. "Less note-grinding, more discussion."