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Presentation in the 2006 Rice University NSF Advance Conference entitled “Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position”. This presentation introduces the reader to the things to consider when negotiating a start-up package. The original presentation authors are Rebekah Drezek (BioE) Behnaam Aazhang (ECE), Barry Dunning (Physics), Jim Kinsey (Chem), Marcia O'Malley (MechE), and Michael Diehl (BioE).

Workshop Authors: Rebekah Drezek, Behnaam Aazhang, Barry Dunning, Jim Kinsey, Marcia O'Malley, and Michael Diehl

Slide 1: our plan for this session

  • Components of a Start Up Package
  • Faculty Member Perspective
  • Chair/Dean Perspective
  • Q and A - Our Primary Emphasis

Slide 2: negotiating your first position

Slide 3: my favorite general references

  • The absolute best reference:
    • HHMI Lab Management: Making the Right Moves
  • Other good ones:
    • Tomorrow’s Professor–Preparing for Careers in S/E
    • A PhD is Not Enough!
    • The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career
  • And you have to read:
    • Ms. Mentor’s Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia

Slide 4: a day in the life of an assistant prof (2/17/06)

  • 8:30-10:15
  • Meeting at MDACC on ovary study. Our protocol was approved (Yay!). Did we mention it has to be absolutely pitch dark?
  • Try to get back to Rice on time for nanobio training review. Hope it is not raining (irritates my Segway…)
  • Nanobio student No. 1 review (I am co-supervisor on joint project)
  • 10:30-10:45
  • Nanobio student No. 2 review (I am supervisor on joint project)
  • 10:45-11:00
  • Meeting with postdoc No. 1 on paper revisions due last week.
  • 11:00-11:30
  • Meeting with student project team No. 1 for BIOE 572
  • 11:30-12:00
  • Meeting with grad student No. 1 on fl project.
  • 12:00-12:30
  • Meeting with grad student No. 2 on job search.
  • 12:30-1:00
  • Meeting with grad student No. 3 on protocol for R21 (Did I mention we have a R21 due today? By 5:00.)
  • 1:00-1:30
  • Forage office for food.
  • 1:30-2:00
  • Meeting with student having HW trouble in BIOE 572
  • 2:00-2:30
  • Meeting with student project team No. 2 for BIOE 572
  • 2:30-3:00
  • Meeting with grad student No. 4 on paper submission
  • 3:00-4:00
  • Weekly teleconference on RO1 No. 1. Curse each other (as always)for choosing mouse model for colon cancer. Learn more than you ever care to know about strategies for colonoscopy in mice.
  • 3:45-4:00
  • Leave teleconference early to hook up computer for this seminar.
  • 4:00-5:00
  • Give seminar.
  • 5:00-6:00
  • Teleconference to discuss competing renewal of RO1 No. 2.

TIME is the new MONEY. Negotiating start up is not about maximizing dollars but maximizing your opportunity for success.

Slide 5: example: a bare bones offer letter

Letter 1

Bare Bones Offer Letter

WHAT IS HERE

  • salary
  • start-up fund
  • initial summer salary
  • graduate student/yrs
  • moving expenses

WHAT IS MISSING

  • raise to reflect late start date*
  • teaching relief
  • how long do you have to spend money?
  • when can you start spending?
  • where is space?
  • how much of it?
  • renovations?

*if not incorporated into offered salary – will be difficult to figure out if only 1 year delay

Slide 6: example: a more detailed offer letter

Letter 2

More Detailed Offer Letter

Slide 7: faculty member perspective

  • You are in your most powerful position during the negotiation process (almost impossible to add to once you arrive).
  • The Chair is your advocate.
  • Teaching reduction buys you time – this is critical!
  • Flexibility helps a lot as your needs evolve. Can you change people into equipment? Graduate students into postdocs?
  • Talk to as many junior and senior faculty as possible to get advice on what is a reasonable package in your subfield before you start.
  • If there is someone at the institution you trust to ask about what a typical package in your field is like that is even better.
  • Cannot compare offers w/o understanding a school’s overhead and tuition policies. Need to find out how much a graduate student costs and if it changes throughout PhD.
  • Also need to understand school’s overhead return policies and academic year buy-out policies to compare offers.
  • And if it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist…

Slide 8: the chair/dean perspective

DO

  • Realize this is when your chair/dean are forming their impression of you asa future colleague
  • Have and communicate a very clearidea of what you need (2-3 pages)
  • Differentiate between what you absolutely can’t live without and whatwould be very helpful
  • Know what equipment could be shared with others
  • Be prepared on the initial visit for your meeting with the Dean
  • Be prepared during the dept interview to say which courses you can teach inthe dept. you are interviewing in
  • Know your space needs (special power, cooling water, etc.)

DON'T

  • Repeatedly change your needs (This was the only comment that everysingle chair/dean independently mentioned)
  • Try to raise your offer at one school to make another match – it becomesobvious and reflects very poorly on you
  • Wait until everything else is finalized to bring up a two body issue (when tobring this up is a possible Q and A topic)

Slide 9: potential q and a topics

  • Points from Other Panelists
  • When is the right time to bring up “two-body” issues?
  • What is the right approach to handling multiple negotiation processes?

Questions & Answers

what is monopoli power
Adzaho Reply
the situation that prevails when economic forces balance so that economic variables neither increase nor decrease
Bombey
what is equilibrium
Kabir
what are the important of economic to accounting students with references
salihu Reply
Economics is important because it helps people understand how a variety of factors work with and against each other to control how resources such as labor and capital get used, and how inflation, supply, demand, interest rates and other factors determine how much you pay for goods and services.
Muhammad
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Azeem Reply
contribution of Adam smith in economics
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Patrick
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Amir
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AS
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Amir
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Amir
what's happening here
AS
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Amir
what is the meaning of function in economics
Effah Reply
Pls, I need more explanation on price Elasticity of Supply
Isaac Reply
Is the degree to the degree of responsiveness of a change in quantity supplied of goods to a change in price
Afran
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Humaira
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scor
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scor
what is production
Humaira
the proces of using the services of labor and equipmnt together with other in puts to make goods and services availble
Bombey
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scor
Discuss the short-term and long-term balance positions of the firm in the monopoly market?
Rabindranath Reply
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Humaira
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Liaqat
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Anteyi Reply
A firm is a business entity which engages in the production of goods and aimed at making profit.
Avuwada
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Avuwada
what is choice
Tia Reply
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Rev Reply
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Tia
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Alfred Reply
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Naziru
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Ukpen Reply
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Anna
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Ukpen
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Ada
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Ukpen
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Docky
Is there an economics expert here?
Docky
Okay and I was being serous
Anna
The short run is a period of time in which the quantity of at least one inputs is fixed...
Anna
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Anna
Elacisity
salihu
Meaning of economics
Suraj Reply
It will creates rooms for an effective demands.
Chinedum Reply
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babsnof
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Suraj
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eshita
What is the economic?
Suraj
Economics is a science which study human behavior as a relationship between ends and scarce means which has an alternative use.
Mr
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babsnof
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Debless Reply
Demand refers to the quantity of products that consumers are willing to purchase at various prices per time while Supply has to do with the quantity of products suppliers are willing to supply at various prices per time. find the difference in between
Saye
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Humaira
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