I work with a particularly passive-aggressive and micromanaging administrator. Sadly, this only became apparent this year, so I’m not sure if the stresses of this year are aggravating this behavior.
For some time now, I’ve had this feeling that my administrator was annoyed with me, which caused…
I’m not sure what role your ‘administrator’ plays relative to your position, but if that person has any say over your tenure you need to figure out what the perceived issues are and work to address them.
To do that you will have to not email and instead have a conversation with that person. Email is great for quick conversation; it is a catastrophe waiting to happen when there are communications issues, which based on your posting I would surmise to be at least part of the issue.
Finally, the conversation you have should be that a) you perceive that the administrator is not happy with some element of your performance; b) you want to know what that issue is and receive coaching on what would be helpful to the administrator; and c) restate your commitment to the organization.
May not be the perfect answer, but the truth is as thing relate to those in power, ‘it isn’t about you.’ It’s about how you do your job in a way that minimizes their need to attend to it and makes them feel food about the work getting done (I.e. your good work makes them look good).
I’m sure you will get other, probably better advice, but I wish you well and hope tenure works out for you.
(As an aside, maybe another question to ask is whether you want to get tenure at a place where you could be stuck working for/with a person you dislike. It’s a big world out there and you may want to think through your decision before the ‘golden handcuffs’ are on)