Why do we put faculty email addresses on department web pages? Do we are ask their permission? Often times, we don’t. We just assume they should be there. But what if they don’t respond? Then what happened?
I think it’d be good to reconsider how we filter information and stream it out to audiences, especially on departmental pages, because depending on the institution and the person, it can be a lot to ask someone to ferret out emails from individual students, coupled with all of the regular mail they’re already responding to.
Should they want to? Sure, but it becomes an impractical task depending on the popularity of the program. It can be unwieldy at different times during the year to expect responses. Why not direct those emails to a departmental staff member?
I think, as always, it depends on the institution. What’s your take?