Two faculty meetings ago, I raised my hand while a (large white male Southern) senior full professor was talking. He immediately turned on me and started yelling at me about interrupting. I responded that I had only raised my hand and had a clarifying question. He yelled at me that I talked too much. After this exchange was over, nobody let me ask my question.
At the last faculty meeting I actually did interrupt him. One of the (female) professors who was not at the meeting wanted feedback on how to deal with our power hungry IT department (she asked another faculty member to collect feedback). The senior professor started on a long rant about how she was going about it the wrong way and the first step is to… do essentially what the female professor was planning to do. Which I pointed out. Then he turned on me and started screaming about me interrupting. Since the meeting time was over and it had devolved into complaining, I got up and started to leave. He then yelled at me that I was not allowed to leave and he had more to say to me. I told him I did not like being treated this way, let the door close, and went back to my office.
Our previous chair is on an extended sabbatical. Our current chair was in both of these meetings and did nothing. I do not feel comfortable discussing this problem with our current chair. The senior (male) full professor I would normally look to for protection is in a feud with this guy– they both started screaming expletives at each other during a search committee meeting last year that they then both removed themselves from. (The replacement committee did a great job.) There are no other full professors in the dept.
This senior professor (the one who yells at me) has become increasingly erratic during the passing years and frequently engages in long angry rants about another group in the department having too many talks, and other bizarre things. Usually he apologizes after saying something directly awful to me or another faculty member, but as is indicated by his second rant at me, he does not think he was in the wrong and still blames me. Any time he sees me now, he glares or frowns. I have not been meeting his gaze, and I go out of my way to avoid him.
I am a small female, though I do talk a lot, especially when a meeting is run poorly. (I’m the person asking what the action items are.) I do not feel comfortable talking to this professor directly as he is a big crazy person and I am small. My chair has done nothing and I suspect that my department may think that as a female I should keep my mouth shut more and let the men take care of things like the majority of my other female colleagues do. (That is to say, the women do the majority of the service, but the men do the majority of the talking. Standard fare.)
Assuming that I am tenured, what should I do? What are my options?