Down the Ranks

Am I too sensitive if I’m bothered by an email that tells administrators to “hand this information down the ranks”?

I don’t really see myself as being beneath anybody on this campus. Or anywhere else. A Dean, a Chancellor and the President of the US are not “above” me. They just have a different job, and there is no guarantee that they are doing it better than I do mine.

7 thoughts on “Down the Ranks”

  1. I’d be bothered for exactly the reasons you state. First, what makes administrators think they’re better than everybody else? Second, there are often whole email lists which will send notifications to all students and/or all faculty (if there aren’t, making them isn’t an issue–especially for an administrator). Why not just use one of those, rather than rely on other people to do it?

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  2. Am I too sensitive if I’m bothered by an email that tells administrators to “hand this information down the ranks”?

    Yes. Next question.

    🙂 😛

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  3. I don’t take this personally because I consider it a figure of speech and divorce it from the hierarchical implications. But I really resent “chain of command” as an expression.
    Yes, some things have to go through the chair, to the dean, etc.; but I consider it my right to ask any administrator any question without asking permission to ask.

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