Retaliation is a real thing, it is an unfortunate thing, and it happens more often then we like in higher education.
How does it happen? I am glad you asked. As an adjunct faculty, it is easy for a supervisor to do this, and sometimes they might not even realize they are doing it. Perhaps the supervisor med a scheduling error, and it caused a professor to lose a class. While we know there are no guarantees for adjuncts; it is still a loss. What happens is when the adjunct complains the supervisor leaves them off the list for the next term classes; and keeps them off.
People often leave an institution because of a boss or because the culture supports a toxic environment; and when a person mentions this in an exit interview, often times, they are blamed instead of the issue being investigated.
I have often written about how educators sometimes are the most indiscreet and inconsistent employers out there, and it is an unfortunate truth.
Why is it that as higher educators we often do not hold ourselves to a higher standard of management? Why do we let a culture fester to the point of jeopardizing an institution?
Make no mistake, higher education is in a crisis mode for so many reasons, and a lack of consistency is one of them.
Are we going acknowledge this or wait for the institutions to close one by one? The proof is out there, especially when we look at accrediting bodies, school closures, and position turnover.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III