I am in a terrible situation, and I need your help. I was offered a position at School A, which is a top-tier R1 school. They have offered me everything that I asked for, and even added a signing bonus. But School B also offered me an incredible position, essentially doubling the standard salary and then offering me a start-up package that is so large that I was nearly embarrassed. To make matters even worse, School C recently offered me a position. School C is the number one Ivy League school in the nation, and they have offered to waive all teaching obligations for five years! If that weren't enough, School D has contacted me, saying that they want me more than they have ever wanted anyone else. They even offered to bump me to Full Professor!
Now I don't know what to do. Should I choose School A, B, C or D? One thought I had was that I could let them fight over me. That is, I would tell them about all these offers, and then let them increase their already incredible offers to me. Because the real questions that I need to answer are these: Which school is the most desperate to have me? Which school truly sees all that I have to offer? At which school would I be happy?
I have been unable to sleep for weeks now!