Inside Higher Ed
August 25th, 2015
When I moved into administration after being a professor, a colleague
who had made the same move years before told me to brace for the loss
of my faculty friends.
Impossible, I argued -- we attended regular Friday cocktail hours,
had fought and won battles across campus, supported each other across
the thorny paths leading to tenure and promotion. We’d been through it
all, and those are precisely the kinds of experiences that make for
I was wrong. My colleague was right.
About this time in my career, I began noticing for the first time the
term “incivility” in higher ed news. Perhaps I noticed it because for
the first time, it rang true. Where once I had been respected as a
caring teacher and a hardworking colleague, I was now viewed with