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Bullying in the Academy: Public Talk on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education with Dr. Leah Hollis

March 10, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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The Inclusive Wellness Series

Nearly 60 percent of higher education professionals have been impacted by bullying during their careers. The erosion in academic culture caused by workplace bullying and intimidation is only intensified when bullying occurs within structures of power and intersects with incidents of racism, sexism, and other forms of bias. In this talk, Dr. Leah Hollis, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education, will highlight her research on the areas of workplace bullying and workplace violence in higher education and offer clear solutions to improve our workplace and academic climate.


Department of Inclusion and Belonging, the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and the Provost Office of Faculty Development and Diversity.

About the Speaker

Dr. Leah P. Hollis is the Founder and President of Patricia Berkly, LLC, a healthy workplace advocate, and diversity trainer. Her recent book, Human Resource Perspectives on Workplace Bullying in Higher Education Understanding Vulnerable Employees’ Experiences, was released by Routledge (2021), examining the structural problems and inadequate policies that allow workplace bullying to hurt vulnerable employees. She has continued her research with Intersecting Distress (forthcoming), which examines intersectionality, Black women, and workplace bullying.

Serving as Lead Consultant of Workplace Bullying, Equity, Access, and Diversity, Hollis speaks nationally and internationally, including appearances in Milan, Italy; Athens, Greece; Oxford, England; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Her work has been covered by University Business, Nature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, higheredjobs.com, and Forbes Magazine.

Hollis has an exemplary career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Currently an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctor of Education in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Also, Dr. Hollis continued her professional training at Harvard University through the Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Management Development Program. She earned certifications in Project Management and Executive Leadership at Stanford University and Cornell University, respectively.


March 10, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Diversity & Inclusion
Focus Area
Navigate Academia
Transferable Skills
Balance & Resilience, Communications, Ethics & Integrity, Leadership & Management
Graduate School
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