Here’s an interesting piece by Peter Schmidt in the Chronicle of Higher Education on using mediation to resolve bullying situations in higher education:
College faculty members who are bullied or abused by coworkers often feel they must either suffer through it or quit. Soon, however, colleges may be pressed to give them a third option: requesting the intervention of a mediator or arbitrator to try to turn their workplace situation around.
What is unclear is whether such interventions will make life more tolerable for bullies’ victims or leave them feeling more beat up than they were before.
As I wrote last December, standard-brand mediation is not appropriate for genuine bullying situations. Abuse should not be “mediated.” However, as some commenters to the post noted, there may be a role for non-traditional mediation approaches.
In any event, I’m glad the topic is getting attention. Bullying in higher ed is a real problem. By far the most popular post on this blog is the extended piece I did about bullying and mobbing in academe.