What is Civility?

Civility is an authentic respect for others requiring time, presence, a willingness to engage in genuine discourse, and an intention to seek common ground.

This site provides a useful venue for civility ‘matters’ such as practical resources, scientific research, and innovative ideas to foster civility in communities. Civility ‘matters’ because treating one another with respect is requisite to effective communication, community building, and finding common ground. Without civility, we miss opportunities to really listen and understand others’ points of view. Civility is not equivalent to censorship, but instead is needed to bring decorum to discourse.  

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Clark

Cindy ClarkI am a university professor and a licensed registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in health care practice and academic settings. I have been studying incivility and civility and their impact in earnest for more than a decade. My pioneering research is both empirical and applied and has heightened awareness about the importance of fostering civility in myriad organizations including academic, practice, regulatory, and business settings.

My workshops and seminars are custom designed, relevant, interactive, and engaging. Learn more about my presentations.

Read Dr. Clark's recent Elsevier Academic Consulting Group publication titled, “The Pedagogy of Civility: Innovative Strategies to Create an Engaged Learning Environment” and read Clark's “Cyber-Bullying and Incivility in an Online Learning Environment.” View a complete list of Clark's publications.

Dr. Clark's handout for "Creating Healthy Academic Workplaces: Powered by Civility and Teamwork" presented at the 2014 National League for Nursing Summit may be accessed here.

So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

– John Fitzgerald Kennedy 




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