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Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Agression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education
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Bully In the ivory tower: how aggression and incivility erode american higher education

Facilitator: Leah Hollis, PhD

While workplace bullying has an enormous toll on individuals, it can cost colleges and universities billions of dollars.


This presentation reviews the cost of employee disengagement to higher education. Further, Dr. Leah Hollis, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower, offers specific case studies in which the bully created a threat for the organization with bullying behavior (breaking external policies and legislation). Organizational solutions that emerged from the research are also offered to participants.



About the Facilitator:

Leah P. Hollis, EdD, is president and founder of Patricia Berkly LLC, a healthy workplace advocate at Her recent book, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education is based on independent research on 175 colleges and universities. Findings reveal that workplace bullying occurs at an even higher rate in higher education. Her research has helped over 70 schools address incivility on campus. 


Dr. Hollis has an extensive career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Africana Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts in degree English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Her research interests focus on the healthy workplace and also issues that deal with college athletics and at risk students. She currently is an Assistant Professor in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.




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