Targets of bullying are often the most vulnerable members of the scientific workforce—they may be low-paid graduate students or postdocs, living in a foreign country, navigating a foreign language and culture, and whose immigration status is tied directly to their employment. They may also have young families, be living paycheck-to-paycheck, and have health insurance and other benefits that depend on a contract position that can be revoked with little to no notice or cause. Finally, targets on the low end of a power differential are not likely to be supported by their institutions, particularly institutions that rely on the big grant earnings brought in by senior “bullies.” The main focus of this book is to provide a brief guide regarding the cause and solution to academic bullying.
You Are a Target, Not a Victim
A Sample Target Story
Causes of Abusive Supervision: The Case of Bullying in Academic Science
Targets’ Responses to Abusive Supervision
Mobbing in Academia
Mehdi Kamali, Saman Hosseinpour, Jennifer Swann, Hossein Pooya Sareh, and Morteza Mahmoudi
What to Expect After Speaking Up?
Possible Solutions to Academic Bullying in Higher Education
Morteza Mahmoudi and Sherry Moss