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When the chair/dean asks…

  • Provide them with precisely what they request
  • If you feel that they have not requested a critical piece of information, inquire if they would like that information
  • Provide the information promptly and with as much detail as possible

Negotiating: use the chair as advocate

If the department wishes to make an offer, they want you

  • Identify aspects of the offer that do not work for you and talk with the Chair
  • Provide alternative avenues
    • Example: If you need specific equipment that won’t fit into the “package,” identify where shared equipment might work for you and ask for the Chair/Dean to arrange appropriate access

Negotiating with the chair

  • Generally happens on second visit
    • Best done face-to-face
  • Think through what you truly want/need
    • Remember the Chair is also learning in this process
  • Ask with respect but clarity
  • Recognize that the answer may be “no” but it may be “yes”
  • Use tact and try not to blatantly pit offers against one another — but if something really matters to you, say so carefully

Remember… a balancing act

  • The department/institution has limits and multiple demands on resources
    • They want you at the lowest cost
    • But they also want you to succeed
  • It is therefore important to ask for what you need
  • You may not get what you ask, and then you have to decide, which is why thinking ahead is important

Don’t keep them waiting

  • Once you have been asked for information or a decision, provide it promptly
  • Don’t shortchange yourself, but don’t take advantage
  • Don’t play games
    • Be smart, be clear, but don’t try to ‘fake them out’ in some way
    • Remember you will, if successful, be colleagues with the folks with whom you are negotiating

Questions to answer (or not…)

  • Where are you interviewing?
    • You can tell them, or you can simply say that you have several interviews in X time frame (which can be helpful)
    • Be clear that if someone wants to know, they can search your name and find the seminar schedules elsewhere
  • Do you have other offers/second interviews?
    • Do what feels most comfortable to you, but knowing that you have options may be helpful in getting an offer

Two body issue

  • When to raise issue of “two bodies”?
    • Definitely when you are being made an offer and terms are under discussion
    • Helpful to let Chair know at some point in the process where the discussion is more serious
    • During the interview process — gives lots of time to find potential placement but may dissuade
    • No “right” answer – you have to judge the person with whom you are dealing. Listen to your “gut”
  • Reality – the sooner this situation is known, the greater possibility for partner placement

When to respond to an offer

  • If you know your response, respond to the offer as quickly as possible
  • If you need longer to give an answer, formulate a response quickly (within a day) that conveys your interest and your need for time
  • Non-responsiveness will be interpreted, perhaps erroneously

What happens…

If I get an offer, but it’s not really the one I want

  • If you are interested in another place and have been interviewed (or have an interview scheduled), let that Chair know that you have this offer and your deadline. Let the offering department know that you need time to make a decision.
  • If you have no other prospects, you’ll have to decide whether to take it or wait


  • You are unique, what you need is unique
  • The institution will have a limited set of resources spread in different places
  • Together you have to find the best mutual path forward — don’t forget the nature of the colleagues and the environment for your work and teaching in the equation
  • Be professional but strategic (don’t play games) — you want to leave a good impression everywhere you interview

A cautionary note

  • Search processes are very expensive for departments — time, effort, resources
  • Once you have an offer, make a decision as expeditiously as possible
    • Don’t drag out the decision process, but take the time you need
  • Be careful how you use an offer with other institutions
    • Faculty have long memories — and it is a very small world

Think positively…

…and do your homework!!



Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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