Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

H. Stanton Tuttle

Second Advisor

Leon Blanchette

Third Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Classroom incivility is causing major concern, nation-wide, to college administrators, faculty, and students. The damage caused by student incivility has been associated with a decrease in student learning, the deterioration of the classroom learning environment, lower faculty morale, and reduced student retention rates. The purpose of this quantitative non-experimental fixed research design was to explore and compare college faculty and student perceptions of type and frequency of classroom incivilities at a private college in order to provide a foundation for the development of strategies to reduce uncivil behaviors and increase student success. Study results demonstrated that faculty members and students, at the target institution, agreed on the types of uncivil behaviors yet disagreed on the frequency of the behaviors in the classroom. These sets of observations presented two entirely different pictures of the classroom environment. The results of the present study have important implications for creating faculty workshops and opportunities for professional development focused on curbing classroom incivilities and increasing student success.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.