I'm in the fortunate position to have more than one offer and am wondering the best, most professional way to go about declining an offer. I'd love to just do it via email, but that feels unprofessional. However, the offer was made to me by the college Dean and I know Deans are very busy so scheduling a phone call with him to deliver bad news seems silly. Maybe he would appreciate the efficiency of an email…or maybe that's just me wishful thinking. I'm also wondering what reasons I have to give for declining it. Most of the reasons are negative - morale seems bad and the program very dysfunctional, to the point I think it would hinder my ability to establish desired research trajectory. Those aren't things I really want to say so how do I decline more positively and professionally. I haven't been on the dating scene for a long time and this just feels like a bad break up. I don't like it! Thanks!
Date: 18 Jan 2015 20:24
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You should at least use them against each other and then you can decline the offer that you are less interested in after the other offer is modified. Maybe the school you don't want to go to is offering more start-up, a load reduction in the first year, more salary, some combination or just one of these. Use the good stuff from the bad school to bolster the offer from your top pick.
I think if you have not had email contact with the dean and everything came via phone, then you should call and politely say something along the lines of "I have decided to pursue another offer, thank you for considering me for your position". If you have had any type of email correspondence with the dean, I think saying that same thing in an email is more than acceptable. You should also get in touch with the search chair and let them know too. Sometimes there is a lag between admin and dept and after all, you have a better chance of coming in contact with SC or other members of the dept in the future. SC also probably wants to let their #2 pick know so they don't loose that person and have go through another round of interviews.
Many people often discuss this with the search or department chair. Usually a bit easier to chat with that person.