FACADEMIC JOB OFFERS AND NEGOTIATION ollowing the campus visit, you know that you will either be offered the position or receive a rejection letter. You may suspect in advance that you
will likely be offered the job—perhaps it was intimated during the on-campus
interview that you were the favored candidate, or you’ve heard from your
adviser that she was contacted as a reference. Sometimes a job offer will even come while you are still on campus for the interview. But most job offers come after the campus visit, and they are delivered verbally, through a phone call placed by the chair of the search committee.
When an offer is extended via telephone, it is common for the committee chair or dean to read the formal offer letter to you. Make a few notes and ask questions, but do not feel obligated to accept or decline the offer on the spot. Ask to have the offer letter mailed or faxed to you, and take time to carefully consider the offer. Request time to consider the offer: two weeks is typical, and most institutions will readily grant you that much time to make a decision.