The Collegiality Assessment Matrix: Its Time Has Come

Since the precise definition of collegiality is elusive, it is nearly impossible for administrators and faculty members to articulate what their expectations are with respect to interpersonal relations, help those who are facing difficulty in determining what constitutes a significant breach of collegiality, and document instances where expectations have not been met. Without a consistent and well-defined sense of what constitutes collegiality, many chairs and deans resort to Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of pornography: “I know it when I see it.” As a result, they create situations in which the likelihood of grievances, lawsuits, and increased department tension runs high.

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