28
April
2020

Ethics in Science Lecture by Professor Emeritus Kenneth Westhues (Waterloo University, Canada)

Title: "Hierarchies and Mobbing in Academia"

Kenneth Westhues

Time and venue: 4 p.m. at the Lecture Hall of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Max-von-Laue-Str. 4, 60438 Frankfurt am Main (Campus Riedberg)

Host: Erin Schuman

Short bio
Kenneth Westhues is former chair of Sociology at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he has been Professor Emeritus since 2011. His Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt University. He has taught also at Western University, Fordham University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Graz. A specialist in research on workplace conflict, he is a leading authority on academic mobbing, the unfair ganging up of professors, students, and/or administrators on a targeted colleague. He has lectured on this topic widely across Canada and the United States, also in Ireland, Mexico, Australia, Austria, and elsewhere. He has served as expert witness in many court cases and arbitrations. He is the author of about 20 books, including Eliminating Professors (1998), The Envy of Excellence: Administrative Mobbing of High-Achieving Professors (2005), and The Remedy and Prevention of Mobbing in Higher Education (2006). Many of his writings are available online at www.kwesthues.com

Short abstract
Humans unfortunately sometimes behave in disappointing ways. Scientists are no exception. Westhues’s lecture will focus on scientists’ mistreatment of one of their own: the harassment, punishment and humiliation of a fellow scientist, toward elimination of him or her from the scientific community, metaphorical or actual death. This unethical practice is called workplace mobbing. This lecture will highlight research over the past 20 years on workplace mobbing in universities, commonly called academic mobbing.

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