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Reports from Twenty Universities

Edited by Kenneth Westhues

Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, viii + 410 pp., 7 parts, 21 chapters, hardcover, 2004. ISBN 0-7734-6234-1

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Workplace Mobbing in Academe: Reports from Twenty Universities is a new book edited by Kenneth Westhues and published by Mellen Press. I recommend it highly, especially, but not only, for people concerned about the mobbing of academics (usually tenured professors). Many of the observations would be accurate across the board for all kinds of employment situations.

The book contains 21 essays, research, case studies, and „think pieces”. These include essays by Westhues, Brian Martin, David Yamada and many others. The book is divided into seven parts, 1) The concept of mobbing (including a 12 point checklist for recognizing it), 2) narratives, 3) case studies, 4) predisposing contexts, 5) eliminative techniques, 6) techniques of resistance and recovery, and 7) strategies of prevention. This is rich material with diverse viewpoints.

The sections on resistance and recovery and strategies of prevention, are leading edge discussions of the important question of what is to be done once this pattern of activity has been recognized. These sections include the papers by Martin and Yamada. Solid discussions of what can be done to make it less likely that mobbing will occur, and to weaken its force when it does, are still rare. Sections 6 and 7 of this book contain perhaps the best collection on these topics yet assembled. Non-academic readers should not be put off by the academic context. I have been on both sides of the „academic divide” (an assistant professor and a non-academic systems department worker) and my observation is that most of the essentials are not much different. These writers write about academic jobs because that is what they know first-hand, not because they mean to be exclusive.

Nancy C. Much Ross, weblog, April 2005. Read the full review


Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction iii

Part One: The Concept of Workplace Mobbing
1 Kenneth Westhues, At the Mercy of the Mob
2 Kenneth Westhues, A Checklist of Twelve Indicators

Part Two: Narratives
3 Dhiraj K. Pradhan, A Dream Professorship,Turned Nightmare
4 Hugo A. Meynell, Mischief at Muggsville
5 Enrico Cavina, The Mobbing of an Italian Professor

Part Three: Case Studies
6 O. Kendall White, Jr., and Daryl White, Ecclesiastical Power and the Removal of Professors at Brigham Young University
7 Kenneth Westhues, The Mobbings at Medaille College
8 Joseph Blase and Jo Blase, Mistreatment of Teachers by School Principals: How Teachers See It

Part Four: Predisposing Contexts
9 Melvin D. Williams, The Power and Powerlessness of Academe: toward a General Theory of Human Behavior
10 Carey E. Stronach, The Campus CEO, State Politics, and the Mobbing of Exceptionally Competent Professors
11 Martin Loney, Beyond Reason: Racial Politics at the University of Toronto
12 Irving Hexham, Forget about Academic Fraud, Were You Sexually Harassed?
13 Nathan Young, The Postmodern Classroom: Risk and Shame in Higher Education

Part Five: Eliminative Techniques
14 Joan E. Friedenberg, Political Psychology at Southern Illinois University: the Use of an Outside Consultant for Mobbing a Professor
15 John H. Mueller, Research Ethics: a New Tool for Harassment in the Academic Workplace

Part Six: Techniques of Resistance and Recovery
16 Brian Martin, The Richardson Dismissal as an Academic Boomerang
17 Kathleen Kufeldt, Eliminated but Not Annihilated

Part Seven: Strategies of Prevention
18 Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Lessons from the British System For Preventing Cases Like Richardson’s
19 Roman Dubinski, How to Minimize Workplace Mobbing: a Critique of Westhues
20 Charmian Bondi and Jan Gregersen, Lessons from a Lawsuit over the Harassment of an Employees’ Representative
21 David Yamada, The Role of Law in Combating Workplace Mobbing and Bullying



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