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Leah Hollis, Ed.D.


Leah P. Hollis, Ed.D. is a noted educator, researcher, and lecturer. She has an exemplary career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Leah Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. Her most current work, Bully in the Ivory Tower (2012), examines the extent of workplace bullying in higher education and offers solutions for both individuals and organizations.

Leah Hollis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctorate of Education in Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. Also, Dr. Hollis continued her professional training at Harvard University through the Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Management Development Program. She also earned certification in Project Management and Executive Leadership at Stanford University and Cornell University respectively.

Further, Leah Hollis has earned certifications in EEO Law/Affirmative Action and Conflict Resolution and Investigation from the American Association for Affirmative Action. Dr. Hollis has served as a diversity trainer for Northeastern University and she speaks regionally and nationally on such topics as race, gender, ethnicity, equality and access. Her first book, Unequal Opportunity: Fired without cause, Filing with the EEOC, based on the qualitative interviews of women who endured workplace discrimination, was published in 2011.

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Posts by Leah Hollis, Ed.D.:

  • Covid-19 And Civility: These Elements Should Co-Exist

  • September 15th, 2020
    I belong to a neighborhood “I Neighbor” group. This platform allows us to discuss changes in fire department service,  why a road is closed or even when toilet paper is available. The other day, a woman wrote in [...]

  • Civility and the Coronavirus

  • March 12th, 2020
    The world remains on edge as one of the largest pandemics (Covid-19) sweeps the continents. Across the United States, at least five states to date have declared a state of emergency. According to CNN, over 300,000 students [...]

  • Ethical Leadership Ends Bullying

  • Ethical Leadership Ends BullyingFebruary 24th, 2020
    Workplace bullying is a national and international problem. Researchers have looked at the causes such as financial stress, insecurity, or narcissism.  We also have uncovered that targets are more likely to experience [...]

  • Times Up! On Harassment In The Workplace

  • Times Up! On Harassment In The WorkplaceDecember 29th, 2019
    Bianca was pleased to get her dream job in sports management. Though being a sports information director meant odd hours and rushed deadlines, she had been working for this career opportunity for years. She even moved [...]

  • BIG BAD BULLY… The Dream Job Turned Nightmare

  • September 24th, 2018
    You got the job! You took the GMAT three times to get wait-listed and then finally admitted to that high end school for your masters. You have attended the seminars and chased job recruiters at workshops. Your resume [...]

  • Summer Job Harassment- #METOO

  • August 2nd, 2018
    I was at the local grocery store picking up produce and found myself in a conversation with the checkout girl. She was probably 16, with brunette hair and braces; I’ll call her Samantha.  Her college-bound friend, [...]

  • Overlooked and Ignored: Another Form of Workplace Incivility

  • Overlooked and Ignored: Another Form of Workplace IncivilityJuly 26th, 2018
    Patrice was a conscientious colleague at her local newspaper. She was ready to pitch in when someone needed to fact check an item. She even offered to do light editing when time permitted. However, her assistant editor, [...]

  • Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good Health

  • Don’t Let A Bully Rob You Of Good HealthJuly 19th, 2018
    Julius knows he has been bullied since his arrival on the job. While Julius was a stand out during the interview and the search committee liked him, his boss is jealous that he earned his masters at Penn. Julius threw [...]

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Summer Civility Pays Off All Year

  • Won’t you be my neighbor? Summer civility pays off all yearJuly 5th, 2018
    Summertime is upon us bringing people into their outdoor spaces and recreational places. While the weather is sunny outside, are you bringing a sunny attitude to the occasional conflict that arises with your neighbors? [...]

  • Vicarious Bullying, Dealing With Multiple Bullies On Staff

  • Vicarious Bullying, Dealing With Multiple Bullies On StaffJune 12th, 2018
    Stanley was in disbelief once again. His boss’s administrative assistant, Karol, burst in his office barking orders. “You know Mr. Thyme wants it this way! He will send this back!” Stanley just stayed still and [...]

  • Be Thankful For Civility On The Job

  • Be Thankful For Civility On The JobNovember 20th, 2017
    National and international studies show that workplace bullying remains a problem. Regardless of your political affiliation, one can see how the bullying temperament of the White House has increased the number of hate [...]

  • A Message For Anti- Bullying Month – A Glimpse At Steven Spielberg

  • A Message For Anti- Bullying Month - A Glimpse At Steven SpielbergOctober 13th, 2017
    So, do you have a child being bullied? Perhaps you are facing adult bullying? Those facing abuse and aggression can prevail. Those facing bullying can use those unfortunate experiences to create new messages. The inspiration [...]

  • Lacking Empathy? A Precursor To Bullying

  • October 6th, 2017
    Karen was working frantically to make new employee orientation a success. She doubled checked the breakfast menu, made arrangements for the interpreter when another staff member dropped the ball. Karen even fronted $500 [...]

  • Podcast: How To Stop Workplace Bullying

  • How To Stop Workplace BullyingJuly 3rd, 2017
    Listen Here: Today’s guest is Dr. Leah Hollis, a healthy workplace advocate who specializes in workplace bullying and diversity issues. Dr. Hollis is author of Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility [...]

  • Bullying And Brain Damage

  • May 3rd, 2017
    Did you know that being stressed out could cause brain damage? These are the findings from Dr. Klaus Miczek, a Tufts University psychologist. He found a way to replicate bullying for rodents. By placing a larger and [...]

  • Do You Have A Championship Organization?

  • Do You Have A Championship Organization?February 14th, 2017
    Do you have a championship organization? Do you lead an organization that is in the top of its sector at the end of the year? Despite injuries, or occasional scuffles, does your team perform?  I am a diehard Steelers [...]

  • Did You Have A Bully-Free Holiday?

  • Did You Have A Bully-Free HolidayDecember 30th, 2016
    Matty was always the smaller kid. He was smart, gifted with science, but smaller than his older brother, Tim. For some reason, Tim enjoyed the blood sport of picking on his brother, especially in front of company.  [...]

  • Avoiding Bullies In The Job Search Process

  • Avoiding Bullies In The Job Search ProcessNovember 16th, 2016
    I have had the honor of speaking at the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Forums this fall. The topic was reflecting on strategies to deal with bullies during career ascension. As we close 2016, [...]

  • Inclusion v. Tolerance: More Than Food For Thought

  • Inclusion v. Tolerance: More Than Food For ThoughtNovember 8th, 2016
    Over the past year, higher education has had an intense national conversation about the need to diversify its faculty, staff and executive administration. This time has long been coming, as a majority of the young people [...]

  • For National Bullying Prevention Month- Is Your Brand NICE?

  • For National Bullying Prevention Month- Is Your Brand NICE?October 13th, 2016
    Yes, I realize I am tweaking a title from a recent Sandra Bullock movie… yet the phrase rings loud in my ears.  Is your brand nice? We all go through this world… a world full of political leaders who spend more [...]

  • Self Advocacy- A Key Component To Bullying Prevention

  • Self Advocacy- A Key Component To Bullying PreventionSeptember 19th, 2016
    Margie was the new counselor in a relatively large campus-counseling unit.  She was pleased to join the staff right after graduate school. Her interviews went well and the supervisor was impressed with her credentials.  [...]

  • Olympic State of Mind

  • Olympic State of MindAugust 10th, 2016
    Olympic State of Mind This week the world descends on Rio De Janeiro for the Summer Olympic Games.  The pageantry and excitement hold the attention of the world for the two weeks that world class athletes compete for [...]

  • Lessons from the Purple Rain, Advocacy for Social Justice

  • April 25th, 2016
    As the world mourns the untimely death of Prince, we all can reflect on his life, music, and artistry. Many of us grew up with “Let’s Go Crazy,” or turned a devilish smile with “Darling Nikki.’ Yet there are [...]

  • Wishing Everyone a Civil 2016

  • January 8th, 2016
    The New Year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the past and potential improvement for the following year. New Year’s resolutions typically include losing weight, quitting smoking, joining a gym, or even saving [...]

  • A Holiday Tip: Home Is Where Civility Is…

  • December 22nd, 2015
    The holidays can be a fun loving time and a chance to create some beautiful new memories. In contrast, the holidays can be a stressed filled season reminiscent of arguments from the ghosts of Christmas past.  MSN Travel [...]

  • Fifty Shades of Civility

  • December 11th, 2015
    With 50 Shades of Grey making the rounds on cable this month, we have an opportunity to peek into the psyche of a psychological bully. At the root of this highly stylized version of the Pacific Northwest, is an impressionable [...]

  • Self advocacy- a step toward minimizing workplace bullying

  • September 1st, 2015
    As we reflect on best practices for civility in the work place, many of us strive to be kind, pleasant and agreeable. However, there is a self-advocacy component to avoiding bullying in the workplace.  When someone [...]

  • Five Star Workplace

  • August 12th, 2015
    Ever wonder why it is tough to return to work after a five star vacation? Think of the courtesy and service anyone receives when visiting a classy hotel.  Visitors are greeted kindly “How was your flight…” or [...]

  • The Silent Treatment And Workplace Bullying

  • July 13th, 2015
    Sondra was tasked to work on the vice president’s objectives. She was leading a team of customer service representatives who needed training and who also were juggling their contact time with clientele.  At the kick [...]

  • Summer Time- Civil Time?

  • June 29th, 2015
    Summer Time- Civil Time? Ever wonder why your kid is a bully OR how your kid is the one who is the target? Sorry to say, parents should look in the mirror.  The first messages and lessons come from parents. Children [...]

  • I’m Not Here To Make Friends – Maybe You Should Be

  • June 10th, 2015
    Steve was hired as the new associate vice president of the mid west region. The last four quarters, his division faced declining production and slipping revenue. Investors were concerned; the board was ready to take [...]

  • Excusing Bad Behavior in the Office?

  • February 4th, 2015
    Layla was working on a project that required the input of two other offices. She needed data from the research office, and also promotional materials from the institution’s marketing division. She was on a deadline, [...]

  • A Little Empathy For The Holidays

  • January 4th, 2015
    Our workplaces, public places and even entertainment places are almost under constant siege from frustration, anxiety and the resulting violence against each other. Whether such violence results in micro inequities, [...]

  • Passed Over? Speak Up

  • November 11th, 2014
    Tammy, a 52 year old African American woman was a long standing employee of ABC* grocery. She was with the company when those scanners were installed. She knows the inventory and respective vendors.  She has been the [...]

  • All Work And No Play…

  • September 5th, 2014
    Catherine is thrilled to join her new marketing team. She was highly recruited and more than pleased with her signing bonus. Now she had to perform. While she ran on adrenaline for three weeks straight, in the middle [...]