Now that my favorite Associate Dean (called Bill) is gone and we haven’t found a new one, the Dean is trying to sub for him. He doesn’t have the same work ethic, so he cuts corners. And that never works.
Here’s an example. Every October we have to do a mandated ethics training. It’s something the state requires of everybody, including graduate assistants, plant workers, everybody. Of course, many people forget. In the last week of October, Bill used to send reminders to the people who hadn’t undergone the training.
The Dean decided that going through the lists and weeding out those who haven’t done the training is a bore. Instead, he sent a group email to everybody, berating us for not doing the training. Immediately, the people who had done the training started to respond to the entire thread, angrily and self-righteously defending themselves from the unfair accusation. So that you understand the magnitude of the blunder, we have 846 people total. Not everybody has written back but the thread has raged since yesterday and is still going strong right now. People don’t like the Dean, and this is a great way legitimately to spam his inbox.