So, I was extended an offer for a TT faculty position to University X, and I notified University Z to inform them of this (b/c they asked me to do so if I had not heard from them and I received an offer elsewhere and also b/c University Z is preferred over University X so I wanted to see where I stood with University Z). University Z told me that I was their second choice candidate and that they had extended an offer to their first choice candidate and that they were in negotiations, but that I would get the offer if it did not work out with their first choice candidate. I am wondering if “negotiations” means likely acceptance of this position rather than just that they offered the position and are waiting for a response? Is there a difference?
Date: 17 Dec 2010 17:32
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There's no way to tell. I've seen "negotiations" last exactly as long as it took for a school to put together a package and a candidate to accept. I've also seen searches be strung out while a candidate who always intended to accept tried to get as many incentives as possible. And there are cases where a candidate was genuinely conflicted and negotiations were strung out while they tried to see if what was offered was enough to sway them or used it to get a retention offer from a current school. There is simply no good way to predict. What I do think it means is that the school likes you — a lot, enough to have you with them for the rest of your career — and you are well within your rights to "check in" with them the first week after Christmas. How long do you have with school X? You could (cough) try to stall negotiations there long enough to learn one way or another about Uni Z?