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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name



Educational Leadership and Policy

First Advisor

Sarah Lenhoff


Research demonstrates bullying has negative physical, emotional and mental impacts on victims. Much of this research focuses on childhood bullying, though bullying spans all age groups. Literature on workplace bullying tends to focus on the relationship dynamics between supervisor and employee. There is little research specific to faculty to staff bullying in higher education. The existing research on bullying in higher education largely focuses on its prevalence between junior and senior faculty relationships, while studies fail to include the dynamics of class and social role expectations. This study seeks to identify the determinants and impact of faculty-to-staff bullying. Within the roles of both employee, groups are social expectations conducive to a bullying climate. Using a quantitative method through survey research, the study seeks to gather data on the collective experiences of staff members with regard to bullying by faculty members. Survey statements focused on gathering data regarding three areas: (a) the prevalence of staff members experiencing bullying from faculty members in Michigan (b) organizational and social determinants of bullying in higher education and (c) the effect of bullying on the individual and the organization.

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