Academic Violence/Bullying: Application of Bandura’s Eight Moral Disengagement Strategies to Higher Education

  • Geri Miller
  • Vachel Miller
  • Carol Marchel
  • Regina Moro
  • Bruce Kaplan
  • Catherine ClarkEmail author
  • Susan Musilli


Academic violence/bullying of faculty is prevalent in higher education settings resulting in damaged lives, careers, and institutions. The prevalence of and supporting research with regard to academic violence/bullying shows the importance of understanding its dynamics in order to aid in its identification. This article applies Bandura’s (2016) eight moral disengagement strategies to the findings of a qualitative research study with nine tenure track academics. Phenomenological research methods were used to analyze research interview texts for evidence of the presence of the moral disengagement strategies. The findings expanded the application of Bandura’s (2016) eight moral disengagement strategies within the context of higher education.


Academic violence Academic bullying Higher education Moral disengagement Euphemistic language 


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There is no conflict of interest with the authors. All the research was approved through IRB and all participants signed an informed consent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geri Miller
    • 1
  • Vachel Miller
    • 2
  • Carol Marchel
    • 3
  • Regina Moro
    • 4
  • Bruce Kaplan
    • 5
  • Catherine Clark
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susan Musilli
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Psychological CounselingAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Leadership and Educational StudiesAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  3. 3.Winthrop UniversityRock HillUSA
  4. 4.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA
  5. 5.BooneUSA
  6. 6.Doctoral Program in Educational LeadershipAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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