Negotiations: The Job Offer

  • Appointment title or titles (all special titles are typically renewable after five years rather than permanent)
  • Units (for joint appointment, specify fraction of appt. in each unit)
  • Tenure status
  • Starting date (January 1, September 1, etc.)
  • Starting salary (options: bonuses; additional time off for consulting; additional contributions to retirement account)
  • Living expense (housing, housing allowance, housing bonus)
  • Benefits (healthcare; dental; insurance; maternity leave; spousal benefits, time off)
  • Tuition benefit for children
  • Spousal job opportunities
  • Reimbursement of moving expense (may be capped at 10% of salary)
  • Travel budget (including travel for projects and for continuing education)
  • Facilities / Space (amount and nature of the space commitment.  For a joint appointment, generally expect only one office. Check the average allocation of space in the unit – often public record).
  • Office furniture and computer equipment (on campus and/or at home)
  • Parking fees
  • Staff support (direct and indirect)
  • Nine month or twelve month appointment (or a variation)
  • Immigration and Naturalization contingency
  • Research support or continuing research support (amount, fungibility and source of start-up funds (fungibility = degree to which money can be used for different purposes).  Specify length of time during which start-up funds must be used (e.g., first three years)
  • Research equipment
  • Research staff (full-time)
  • Graduate student fellowships
  • Post-doc support
  • Normal teaching duties in the unit(s) (option of selection of courses)
  • Particular teaching expectations (for joint appointment, clarify distribution of teaching responsibilities among units)
  • Number and source of summer ninths (number paid from general fund)
  • Number of course releases (and any temporal constraints on this)
  • Center or Institute affiliations – support for
  • Service expectations (committee duties)
  • Sabbatical – any recognition of sabbatical equity accrued elsewhere (can take the form of a Duty Off Campus Leave rather than early sabbatical)
  • Date by which candidate should respond
  • Need for candidate to resign from current position

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