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Stan Barrett, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, & John Pelowski NASPAA Annual Conference Charleston , S.C. O ctober 16-18, 2008. Entitlement, Incivilities and Excessive Informality: Meeting the Instructional & Administrative Challenges of Student Misconduct. The Problem.

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Stan Barrett, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, & John PelowskiNASPAA Annual ConferenceCharleston, S.C.October 16-18, 2008

Entitlement, Incivilities and Excessive Informality:

Meeting the Instructional & Administrative Challenges of Student Misconduct

the problem
The Problem

Behavior or action that “interferes with a harmonious and cooperative learning atmosphere in the classroom” (Feldmann, 2001)

underlying assumptions
Underlying Assumptions

This is on the horizon as an increasing problem for graduate programs

Professional public affairs programs have a special responsibility to promote civility.

We cannot and should not wait for minor incivilities to escalate to explicit threats or acts of violence.

examples of incivilities
Examples of Incivilities

Simple Annoyances

Classroom terrorism

Intimidation

Threats of Harm or Violence

contributing factors
Contributing Factors

Trickling up from K-16

Psychological need to control

Poor role models

Racism and misogyny

Vulnerabilities of untenured faculty

Lack of meaningful consequences

 ENTITLEMENT SOCIETY

entitlement society attitudes
Entitlement Society Attitudes

Paying tuition and showing up for class is sufficient for degree

Disdain for authority & rules

Sense of self as the center of the universe

Not receptive to feedback that would require change

Expectation of immediate response and accommodation

general recommendations
General Recommendations

Clearly stated and consistently applied policies regarding civil conduct

Training for all faculty, staff, administrators and students

Swift response by all instructors to minor incivilities

Support network for instructors

Serious consequences for students who do not improve conduct

additional steps for pa programs
Additional Steps for PA Programs

More thorough admissions screening

Articulate civility as a core competency

Use of civility contracts

Monitoring of professional conduct

Earned inclusion in the program

Active promotion of “civility efficiency”