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Many colleges and universities experience some form of faculty-to-faculty bullying. Left unchecked, this chronic disrespectful behavior undermines the very essence of higher education and a civil society. Toxic Friday: Resources for Addressing Faculty Bullying in Higher Education presents tools for faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders to address and prevent faculty-to-faculty bullying in higher education. The book provides access to an online video, also called Toxic Friday, which uses interactive theater to portray some of the most common toxic behaviors in academic departments. In addition, the book presents a wide range of discussion materials, including research on the topic, sample questions, context-setting ideas, and tips for facilitators. The complete Toxic Friday script is also included for those wishing to stage their own live performances. Three faculty essays present valuable personal and professional perspectives. The final section includes faculty recommendations, sample policy language, and a selected bibliography.
Toxic Friday is a proactive resource for launching substantive discussions and creating culture changes that promote respectful, healthy, and safe interactions at all levels of higher education.