Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Law lecturers culled at the University of Newcastle

Law lecturers without PhDs have been culled from the University of Newcastle.  This is part of a push to get rid of lecturers who do not have PhDs - to increase standing on league tables?



This is in direct contrast with the real leading universities of the world.  As a law professor from the University of Queensland (a Group of Eight University) states

"I remember how bizarre it was to be told that the law school would only hire those with a PhD, as though this mattered much in law and even though the Harvards and Oxfords of the world had no such rule."


"You cannot decide whether job candidates must have a PhD, there’s another university-wide rule (and one that makes no sense for teaching law)." (emphasis added)

On the other hand, there are professors at the University of Newcastle without PhDs and lecturers without PhDs, despite the University of Newcastle's selection criteria that new lecturers and professors MUST have a PhD (e.g architecture, music, speech pathology etc.)..  Another example of double standards at the University of Newcastle.

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