Several universities I have applied to are in states that are facing particularly dire budget shortfalls, and cuts to higher education are likely. Is there any way to negotiate a contract to protect against the extreme circumstance of financial exigency? My understanding is that in this situation "all bets are off," and my guess would be that non-tenured faculty (perhaps incoming faculty in particular) would be the first to be cut.
Date: 28 Nov 2010 19:22
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I think the best you can do is try to negotiate the highest starting salary possible in the event that there are salary cuts and/or a freeze on raises. You can't really negotiate job security - as a pre-tenure faculty member the university can fire you at any point. (At my university pre-tenure is referred to as the "probationary stage" which suggests this is a trial period for faculty.)
I turned down one offer from a teaching institution, partially due to salary concerns. I was told upfront that they can only give me X amount and no more. I tried to negotiate, but was told that they cannot pay me more than they are paying their tenured faculty (hint: again, low salaries). Apparently, in some sates this info is public and once you are hired, everybody can look up your salary. I was told that if they hire somebody with a higher salary, all their tenured faculty will get angry and start asking for a raise:). Hopefully, you can get an offer from a private institution or a state in better shape:)
Yeah - when you google my name my salary is the 4th or 5th thing that comes up. If you can find out a department or universities salaries it can be helpful. When I negotiated my current job I used the APA salary data to negotiate up. http://www.apa.org/workforce/publications/10-fac-sal/index.aspx