chapter  3
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Uncollegiality, Tenure, and the Weasel Clause

Collegiality plays an important role in establishing the identity of individuals within the academy and is a quality widely supported by institutions of higher education. While it may manifest itself within the academy in a multitude of different ways, collegiality is most clearly exemplified through actions such as working productively with others, treating one’s colleagues as equals, respecting the ideas and ideals of one’s colleagues (even if one disagrees with them), and taking an active and constructive role in the shared stewardship of the one’s college or university. Collegiality is both a way of being in the academy as well as a productive and powerful force that may be utilized for the betterment of both individuals and institutions. When collegiality is present, individuals and institutions usually thrive; when it is absent, individuals and institutions often suffer.