I'm working through these issues with mentors, but also wanted some outside perspective. I am pre-tenure and currently on the market. The purpose is a combo of location and moving to a better department/university. I'm mostly pursuing lateral moves (in better location) or moves up (i.e., to either R1 or selective liberal arts…and yes, I know those are very different but I'm currently in a place that is a mix and I want purely one or the other).
How do I handle negotiations with places I am interviewing at. They know the type of institution I am at (and, I imagine, my ballpark salary given the type of institution and years experience). How far can I push salary, start-up, and other benefits? Also, if I am pre-tenure, is there any hope of negotiating the one year probationary period and then going up for tenure? Or coming in at associate?
With my current position, I would give them the opportunity to counter and I would only bring an offer that I would consider taking. What can I ask for? How much? Salary? Tenure? A bunch of research money?
If I decline an offer and accept my school's counter, am I obligated to withdraw from other searches? Or keep going to push for more from current job?
Those of you have done this before, how did you handle it?