In my faculty job, I was bullied for a long time by a chair of the department (at a US state university on the West Coast). This included:
- Giving me bad schedules and classrooms
- His secretary telling students to avoid my classes
- Denying me operational information
- Excluding me from department committees
- Falsifying university documents
- Stealing my course materials and giving it to his supporters
- Filing bogus charges against me that I never saw in writing
I understand it's hard to judge who was in the wrong, but I really had neither motive nor means to fight with the department chair. Worse, he eventually got many of the other department members on his side.
After being bullied and harassed and my working environment sabotaged for very long time I resigned. Now I am looking for a teaching position at a different university in the USA. I know the number one rule in an interview is “Do not say anything bad about your former employer”. But, under the circumstances, I'm not sure how to answer the question “Why did you leave the position where you achieved a high rank?” What would be a a good way to answer this question?