A few days ago in the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, an anonymous reader asked:
How common is it to be suspicious of and resentful towards your institution's administration? I would love to take a job elsewhere, in part to spite them, but it might not be worth it if it's a problem almost everywhere.
The reader then added in a follow-up comment:
I won't get into specifics about my administration, but the resentment is due to a combination of the following: the need to fight for almost everything despite being at a financially healthy university, a general lack of respect for faculty and their role in the institution, and a history of ethically questionable behavior.
It might indeed be helpful to find out (A) how common these kinds of sentiments and experiences are, as well as (B) what kinds of things different institutions actually do that lead to happiness or unhappiness/suspicion/resentment among faculty. (Important note: in line with the Cocoon's mission, I am not looking for--and will not allow--comments outing specific institutions. Only reports that preserve institutional anonymity will be permitted.
For my part, I will say--with full honesty--that it has been an honor and privilege to work at my institution. Although I am only one person, my experience has been that faculty, students, and staff here are treated honorably and with respect.
What are your experiences?