That's all for the dean to deal with, not me (since I am not his supervisor). But it provides insight into what I deal with.
As the only full-time faculty members in our little specialty, Lou and I get certain administrative hoop-jumping tasks on a regular basis. You will not be surprised to learn that he habitually whines about his busy-ness and family dramas (appealing to our long-time family ties) and begs me to do the tasks "because you're so good at that."
For a long time, I put up with this. It was easier to just do the work than to push back. Confronting him was hard because our kids were friends, our families were involved in the same organizations, etc. Also, I liked my reputation as someone reliable who gets things done. That was a mistake. In the past year, I've matter-of-factly said (cc: Chair) that I will handle only the tasks for my own classes since that's the department standard. (What makes Lou so different? Why can't he put on his Big Kid Pants and just do it?) He complained but finally did some.
Most recently, I returned from a difficult bereavement leave to two Urgent Tasks that Lou could have handled the week before. We were both copied on the emails, and the senders noted the reason for my absence, but Lou didn't respond to them. For a week.
I'm done with him. If I do the Urgent Tasks, I'll be saving Lou's self-centered butt yet again. And I'm still catching up after my leave. So I responded to the senders with a collegial, "Thanks for this FYI. As you know, I was out of state. I trust that Lou, whose class this is, handled it." cc: Lou and Chair.
But the Dean of Urgent Tasks associates me with the the most burdensome Task (because I'm so good at that, and reliable). After my email response that the Task is in Lou's bailiwick, the dean phoned me and said (and this is nearly a direct quote), "We don't care who does it; it just has to get done well, ASAP, or administrators higher than me will use your discipline as an example." It could cost us lots of enrollment.
Q:Should I (A) choose to be used again, uphold my reputation of having an actual work ethic, and rescue my discipline, or (B) stand my ground with Lou, look petty and small-minded to the dean, and risk having my discipline thrown under the bus? Is there a way to do A and ensure that no one will expect me to do Lou's work in the future?