Comments on: Academic bullying: these boots were made for walkin’ http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:39:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Dim http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-747232 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:21:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-747232 In regards to your statement “That might work, Jonathan–but my experience with bullying suggested to me that some people are so soaked in bullying…”

So, what are your suggestions for this?

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-738231 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:50:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-738231 That might work, Jonathan–but my experience with bullying suggested to me that some people are so soaked in bullying culture that they can’t–or won’t–intervene. Many perpetrators and/or bystanders in bullying environments were bullied themselves, so the instinct to keep their heads down is very strong.

I’m not saying it’s right for people to keep their heads down. I’m suggesting that intervention by colleagues, while necessary, may not be sufficient.

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By: Jonathan Rees http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-738188 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 18:21:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-738188 You’ve got me reading your back posts, Historiann (which is good as I’ve only had you on my Google Reader feed since the beginning of the year).

I have one very important thing to say about bullying:

The most important way to get it to stop is for other tenured faculty to take off their “me, me, me” blinders and say to the bully, “This crap has got to stop.” That is especially true of the department chair.

Can you tell that I’ve been bullied? It’s a long, long story which ended happily so I don’t feel a driving need to tell it now.

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By: Are you an adjunct instructor or lecturer? Plus memories. . . : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-738161 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 16:47:49 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-738161 [...] I were making plans to move to Ohio later that year.  A happy ending!  (Or so I thought . . . but that’s a story I’ve told here before.)  I know a number of people of my generation from grad school who have similar stories–some [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-663052 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 22:28:16 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-663052 SL–I’m sorry. I’m glad my writing here has helped you, but I’m sorry.

The good news is that no one I know regrets leaving a bullying environment. It will take a while to get over your experience, but it will happen. I think I would have gotten over it faster if I had gone into counseling. A friend of mine is doing that now, and it’s been enormously helpful for her. A sympathetic counselor will give you some perspective, and (sadly) my bet is that ze will probably have heard your story dozens of times over.

There are places where you can thrive. You just had bum luck with this job.

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By: SL http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-663003 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 21:33:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-663003 Just thank you.

I happened upon your blog when doing a google search for “academic bullies.” As you may discern, I, like so many of your other readers, am struggling with some extremely difficult colleagues. Indeed, I feel a tremendous sense of mourning because I entered the department in admiration of my colleagues’ work and extremely eager to work with and learn from them. But, for the sake of my own sense of self-worth, this is now out of the question.

Your posts and your example helped me to come to terms what’s happening to me and to make some decisions about next steps. I’m sure you’ve long tired of the topic. But I think that it’s important to say “thank you” when someone has given you something valuable in life.

So thank you.

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By: Feminism, “Post-feminism,” and Ruth Bader Ginsburg : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-456728 Sun, 11 Oct 2009 16:59:53 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-456728 [...] when I first entered the job market.  It was only in my late twenties and early thirties that I witnessed and experienced blatant discrimination on the job.  Unfortunately, my guess is that the majority [...]

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By: We “love” our “readers!” : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-81814 Sat, 13 Sep 2008 13:48:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-81814 [...] in e-mails and comments on my posts on bullying in academia.  And, I’m very encouraged by Rad Readr’s report that his dean is going to use the Chronicle article on academic bullying as the starting point of a [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-79920 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 16:40:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-79920 WOW, Rad! We luvs us your dean!

(I think I know her…no?) I don’t know if it’s material or not, but please inform her of my error, described in the latest post. My apologies again for not fact-checking my initial posts on this topic.

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By: Rad Readr http://www.historiann.com/2008/09/09/academic-bullying-these-boots-were-made-for-walkin/comment-page-1/#comment-79903 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 16:29:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=959#comment-79903 Great news from the administrative front. I just spoke to my dean, who had a copy of the Chronicle article in hand, and we plan to have a discussion soon with our department chairs about the article — and about ways to respond to bullying. Not sure this would classify as “training” of chairs, but at least we can have a conversation that brings bullying to light and prompts chairs to think about appropriate ways to respond.

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