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Much has been written about collegiality in academe, most notably by Cipriano (2011), Buller (2006, 2012), and Cipriano and Buller (2012, 2017), Flaherty (2013). Concomitantly, awareness has increased about instances of abusive supervision (Gere, 2020), incivility (Andersson & Pearson, 1999), microaggressions (Sue & Rivera, 2011) bullying and mobbing (i.e., group bullying) in the workplace and in higher education (Cowan, 2009), Duffy (2009), Lutgen-Sandvik (2006), Lutgen-Sandvik and Tracy (2012), Heeman (2007), Lutgen-Sandvik & McDermott (2011), and Taylor (2012). Instances of incivilities have continued to be a concern as evident in the journal article in Nature titled: “Astronomers victimized colleagues—and put historic Swedish department in turmoil,” in which Witze (2021) reported that two high ranking faculty members (one male, one female) were investigated and found responsible for bullying at Lund University. Bullying in the academy is not confined to one country, one discipline, or one gender. Based on a review of the literature on university consolidations and on collegiality in academic settings, the research team found that there was a gap in the literature regarding how participants of a university consolidation (sometimes called mergers) perceive their environment in a departmental (or equivalent unit level), especially a “new” unit that has been formed because of the consolidation of two or more units from previously existing (legacy) institutions. Cipriano and Buller (2012) have used the CAM (Collegiality Assessment Matrix) and/or the Self-Assessment Matrix of Collegiality (SAM), proprietary instruments, to measure the “collegiality” of individuals in academic departments. However, there has not been an assessment of collegiality from a “departmental or equivalent unit” level perspective. This study, therefore, addresses this “gap” in the research. Moreover, this study expands the discussion of collegiality to include the identification of perceived uncollegial (conflict) behaviors of incivility, microaggressions (such as misogynistic statements), bullying, and mobbing.


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Journal of Higher Education Management



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