Hello dear readers, I’m currently spending a fall semester research sabbatical working on an exciting book project on workplace bullying and mobbing. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Dr. Maureen Duffy, one of the leading authorities on mobbing behaviors, invited me to join her as co-editor on a two-volume book set that will feature a comprehensive, multidisciplinary collection of chapters by leading and emerging U.S. experts on bullying and mobbing at work, with a focus on American employment relations. Writing for and co-editing this book set are the main focal points of my fall work.
To spur my productivity, for a few weeks I’ve decamped from Boston to Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, my undergraduate alma mater. I’m a Visiting Scholar in Residence at VU’s School of Law, and the good folks there have given me an office in the law library to work in and an invitation to give a talk about my work to the law faculty and other members of the law school community.
This kind of temporary relocation may strike non-academicians (i.e., many readers of this blog) as odd. Why spend time, money, and effort on going out of town simply to work in another library?, a sensible person might ask. Yeah, I know, it doesn’t make sense. But the writing process doesn’t make sense, either. It can be very helpful to remove yourself from your immediate surroundings, with fewer of the usual distractions. This is not to say that I have turned into a writing machine. But even during my first few days here, I’ve already been more productive than I would’ve been at home.
This also marks the 35th anniversary of my graduation from VU’s College of Arts and Sciences, with a (then) shiny new bachelor’s degree. Fall homecoming festivities were held over the weekend, and for me they included receiving an Alumni Achievement Award from the university’s alumni association, in recognition for some of the work discussed periodically on this blog. At a luncheon following the awards ceremony, I was joined by some of my closest friends from college. It made for a deeply memorable weekend.
And so now I’m back to work, hopefully further justifying that lovely award — and with fewer procrastinatory tendencies than those that marked my collegiate years!