Sunday, January 05, 2014

Bullies Exposed in Ivory Towers: Study Shows

"Social Bullying in Nursing Academia," a new study co-authored by Professor Janice Beitz at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, found that non-tenured females who teach undergraduates are subject to bullying by academic superiors, as well as peers.

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-- From "Nursing Faculty Complains of Bullying" by ABC News Radio 12/23/13

Beitz, who co-authored the research, says the women, who were mainly non-tenured in U.S. baccalaureate programs, talked about being slandered, lied to and given unrealistic workloads, and even made claims of being physically threatened.

For the most part, the alleged bullies were academic administrators, but there were also instances of faculty members bullying peers or even superiors.

According to Beitz, the bullying may stem from feeling threatened by a fellow academic's qualifications and scholarships. Perceived weakness was another reason for bullying to occur.

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From "Rutgers study finds bullying happens in academia" by Alex Napoliello, New Jersey Star-Ledger 12/20/13

The [study] participants described in detail cases in which they felt slandered, isolated, physically threatened, lied to or given unrealistic workloads, Beitz said.

Victims may be threatened by a fellow colleague’s academic accomplishments, Beitz said, or victims might be targeted because they are perceived as weak.

The most common cases of bullying involve academic administrators targeting faculty, she said.

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From "Study Finds Bullying to be a Problem Among Faculty in Academia" by Chris Hassan, U.S News & World Report 12/23/13

When individuals become educators in academia, they are more interested in teaching than being picked on. However, this unfortunate turn of events is exactly what happens in some colleges and universities, according to new research from a nursing scholar at Rutgers University-Camden.

In a study, professor Janice Beitz conducted interviews with 16 nursing professors at the school who also happened to be the victims of social bullying, according to a news release from the university. Part of Beitz's reasoning for conducting the study was due to the fact that she herself has been the victim of bullying in her career. The study and its findings are meant to raise awareness of a problem, the scale of which is still unknown.

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From "Bullying Is Prevalent In Academia, Says Scholar" by News Staff, Science 2.0 1/3/14

"What worries me is the impact that bullying is having on the ability to recruit and retain quality educators," says Beitz. "It has become a disturbing trend. We don't know how widespread this is, but it exists. Not many people look at bullying in the academic environment. We wanted to raise awareness of it."

"The bully can make life miserable for the target," she explains. "That's because in an administrative role, a bully has the power to make decisions about the target. Part of it is the unique nature of higher education. The tenure process is different than any other environment. Administrators in academia have power over colleagues, and sometimes that power causes them to bully their subordinates."

Beitz is now working on a follow-up study on resilience and how victims are surviving when bullied. Additionally, since her bullying study does address the prevalence of bullying in nursing academia, Beitz hopes to cast a wider net and perform a quantitative study on the issue nationwide.

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