Incivility and Invisible Walls

Incivility and Invisible Walls

Incivility in online education is an ongoing and evolving problem that challenges faculty in the contemporary virtual classroom. Uncivil encounters can range from relatively mild to highly aggressive, including overt threats to other students’ or faculty members’ well-being. Such behaviors seriously disrupt the flow of scholarly discourse and result in disengagement by other students and, in some instances, the faculty themselves. It is important to establish expectations for interactions and behaviors in the virtual classroom as the effects of uncivil encounters on faculty can be significant and include both short-term and long-term sequelae.


Paul Thomas Clements

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN, CGS, DF-IAFN, is a Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Forensic Trends in Healthcare Certificate Program online at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. A forensic psychiatric clinical specialist, he is additionally a Certified Gang Specialist and Certified in Danger Assessment. Dr. Clements most recently spent time in Bolivia, working with provincial judges, prosecutors, and forensic psychologists regarding enhanced assessment and intervention with children victimized by sexual aggression and other forms of violence.
Dr. Clements has provided hospital consultation for EMTs, Child Protective Agency personnel, trauma/emergency nurses, psychiatric providers, attorneys, and corporate executives. Dr. Clements has three recent textbooks, “Violence Against Women: Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence,” “Mental Health Issues in Child Maltreatment,” and “Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment.” Additionally, he has numerous peer-review publications and conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after violent death, and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatric Forensic Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Clements was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2002 and was an inaugural Associate Editor of the “Journal of Forensic Nursing” from 2005-2012.