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Advanced Studies Leadership & Policy

Leah Hollis

Dr. Leah Hollis

Associate Professor, Advanced Studies Leadership & Policy

Office: Banneker Hall, Room 204
Phone: 443-882-3334


Ed.D: Boston University, Doctor of Education
MA: University of Pittsburgh, English Literature
BA: Rutgers College, Rutgers University, Double major, English with option in creative writing, Africana Studies

Professional Summary

Leah P. Hollis Ed.D., Associate Professor at Morgan State is a noted national and international expert on workplace bullying. Her most recent book, The Coercive Community College: Bullying and its Costly Impact on the Mission to Serve Underrepresented Populations, which was released by Emerald publications in 2016 is an extension of her work on bullying in higher education. Other notable work includes, Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education is based on independent research on 175 colleges and universities. She has spoken nationally and internationally to help over 200 schools address incivility on campus.

Dr. Hollis has an extensive career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Dr. Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Africana Studies from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Doctor of Education from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Also, Dr. Hollis continued her professional training at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Management Development Program. She earned certification in Project Management and Executive Leadership at Stanford University and Cornell University respectively. Further, she has earned certifications in EEO Law/Affirmative Action and Conflict Resolution and Investigation from the American Association for Affirmative Action. Her research interests focus on the healthy workplace and on issues that deal with college athletics, and at- risk students. She is also the president and founder of her own consultant group Patricia Berkly LLC, a healthy workplace advocate at

Graduate Courses Taught
Morgan State University
Introduction to Qualitative Research*
Community College Social Justice/Equity*
Dissertation Guidance*
Introduction to Quantitative Research
Legal Aspects in Community College*
Introduction to Research*
Leadership and Administration
Community College Social Justice/Equity*
The American Community College*
Professional Development*
*Online and in person

*publications with graduate students

Hollis, L.P. (2020). Señor Jim Crow Still Roosts in Cuba: A comparative analysis of race and resistance of the United States and Cuba. Comparative Civilizations Journal. 82. 39-51.

Hollis, L. P. (2020 in press). Her Beleaguered Libido: Black Women’s Self- medicating reaction to workplace bullying. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships.

Hollis, L.P. (2020 in press). Cultivating Civility Champions: Reducing Power Differentials to Mitigate Departmental Workplace Bully. The Department Chair Journal. Summer.

Hollis, L. P. (2020 in press). Brown and Bullied Around: The relationship between colorism and workplace bullying for African Americans/ Blacks (ed.) Kamilah Woodson. Colorism Then, Now, & Tomorrow: Refining A Global Phenomenon with Implication for Policy, Research and Practice. Fielding University Press.

Hollis, L. P. (2020). Address faculty bullying with these strategies. Dean and Provost, 21(8), 8-8.

Tye-Williams, S., Carbo, J. Cruz, P., Hollis, L.P., Keashly, L. Mattice, C., Mattice, C. Tracy, S. (2020 in press). Exploring Workplace Bullying from Diverse Perspectives: A Journal of Applied Communication Research Forum

Hollis, L. P. (2020). Next-Level Leadership should be a leader’s next read. Book review of Next –Level Leadership by Justin C. Pate. Department Chair Magazine, 30 (4), 30.

Hollis, L. P. (2020). Strategies for Chairs to Address Faculty Bullying. Women in Higher Education, 29(1), 8-15.

Hollis, L. P. (2019). The Abetting Bully: Vicarious bullying and unethical leadership in higher education. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 3, 1-18.

Hollis, L.P. (2019). Money Talks… Misogynists Walk: A Complex Conversation on sexual harassment, race and equal pay. The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment and Transformational Influence Ed. James C. Wadley. Routledge Press. New York, NY.

Hollis, L. P. (2019). Something to lose sleep over? Predictive analysis of Black men’s and white men’s insomnia issues due to workplace bullying in higher education. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Special Edition on Masculinity. 5(4). University of Nebraska Press. 1-19.

Hollis, L.P. (2019). Herding Cats and Other Department Chair Strategies to Address Faculty Bullying. The Department Chair Journal. 29 (4). 5-7.

Hollis, L.P. (2019). Lessons from the Bobo Doll Experiments: Leadership’s Deliberate Indifference Exacerbates Workplace Bullying in Higher Education. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education. 4, 85-102.

Hollis, L.P. (2018). The ironic interplay of free speech and silencing: an argument that workplace bullying compromises the cherished value of free speech in higher education. Journal of Academic Freedom. 9. American Association of University Professors. 1-15.

Hollis, L. P. (2018). Remember the Alamo: Implementing a campus-wide anti- bullying policy. Human Resource Management International Digest. Emerald Publications. 26(4). 28-30.

Hollis, L.P. (2018). Bullied Out of Position: Black women’s complex intersectionality, workplace bullying and resulting career disruption. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 4(3). 73-89.

Patrick, C. & Hollis, L.P. (2018) Contentious Cloud Chatter. An analysis of aggressive speech from modern to post-modern communication. Comparative Civilizations Review. 78(8). 73-85.

Hollis, L.P. (2018). Ghost Students as the new wave of online cheating for community college students. New Directions for Community Colleges Promoting Academic Integrity. Jossey-Bass Wiley. Doi:10.1002/cc.20314. 25-34.

Rincon, V. * & Hollis, L.P. (2018). Cultural code-switching and Chicana/o post secondary student persistence: A hermeneutic phenomenological analysis .Journal of Latinos and Education. Doi: 10.1080/15348431.2018.1499516. 1-14.

Hollis, L. P. (2017). Workplace Bullying in the United States and Canada: Organizational accountability required in higher education. Comparative Civilizations Review.76. 117-125.

Hollis L.P. (2017). International Security. Introduction to International Relations. Eds. Dogen, N. & Drew, J. Eskisehir/Turkey: Anadolu University.

Hollis, L.P. (2017). Evasive actions and other coping strategies for those enduing workplace bullying in higher education. Advanced Social Sciences Research Journal. 4 (7). 59-68.

Hollis L.P. (2017). Crafting an Online Instrument to Conduct Research on Workplace Bullying. European Journal of Educational Research. 6 (1). 105-111.

Hollis, L. P. (2017). Qualitative Phenomenological Study: Considerations in engaging international students. SAGE Research Methods Cases. Sage Publications LTD. 1-15.

Hollis, L.P. (2017). The Need for Anti-Bullying Policies on Campus. An argument for improving gender and race relations in higher education. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 3(3). University of Nebraska Press. 29-46.

Hollis, L.P. (2017). Higher Education Henchmen: Vicarious bullying and disenfranchised populations. Advanced Social Sciences Research Journal. 4(12). 64-73.

Hollis, L.P. (2017). This is why they leave you: Workplace bullying and insight to junior faculty departure. British Journal of Education. 5(10). 1-10.

Hollis, L. P. (2017). Workplace Bullying II: A Civilizational Shortcoming Examined in a Comparative Content Analysis. Comparative Civilizations Review. 76(77). 90-104.

Hollis, L.P. (2017). Turn the other cheek: HBCU students’ reaction to collegiate bullying. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 3(4). University of Nebraska Press. 35-60.

Hollis, L.P. (2016). Canary in the mine: Ombuds as first alert for workplace bullying on campus. Journal of the International Ombudsman Association. 9 (1). 23-31.

Hollis, L. P. (2016). Bullying: Harassment by another name, yet still very much the same. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 2 (3). University of Nebraska. 2-10.

Hollis, L. P. & Davis, R. (2016). International students immigrating to the Title IX environment: A qualitative cultural analysis of community college International students. International Education at Community Colleges: Palgrave Macmillan. New York, NY.

Hollis, L.P. (2015). Take the Bull by the Horns: Structural Approach to Minimize Workplace Bullying for Women in American Higher Education. Forum on Public Policy. Oxford, England. 1. 1-13.

Hollis, L.P. (2015). Bully University? The cost of workplace bullying and employee engagement in American higher education. Sage Open. (April-June), 1-11. Doi:10.1177/2158244015589997.

Hollis, L.P. (2015). The significance of declining full-time faculty status for community college student retention and graduation: A correlational study with a Keynesian perspective. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 5(3), 1-7.

Hollis, L.P. (2014). Sex as a concealed weapon: Race, gender and incivility of office politics. The journal of black sexuality and relationships. 1 (2). University of Nebraska Press. 33-53.

Hollis, L.P. (2014). Lambs to Slaughter? Young people as the prospective target of workplace bullying in higher education. Journal of Education and Human Development. 3(4). 45-57.

Lewis-Pierre, L.A.,* Amankwaa, L., Kovacich, J. & Hollis, L. P. (2014). Workplace Readiness of New ICU Nurses: A Grounded Theory Study. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research. 14(2) 1-7.

Hollis, L. P. & McCalla, S.* (2013). Bullied Back in the Closet: Disengagement of LGBT Employees Facing Workplace Bullying Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. 4(2). 6-16.