Hi, I wonder how long would a school take to prepare the actual contract (after i accepted the job)? Also, i wonder if a signed offer letter is legally bound?
Date: 23 Feb 2011 17:00
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Not sure what is typical, but I had the official contract overnighted to me just a few days after I verbally agreed to the offer.
I have no idea if the offer letter is binding for them in any legal sense, but I would presume at least somewhat. Although my letter did have some language about "pending the approval of the provost," so that might give them an out if something really crazy happened.
"Legally binding?" Anyone hear of a uni taking someone to court after breaking contract early or after a year?
I responded to the official letter to accept the job and they informed me that they are going to prepare the actual contract. I am just curious about how long will it take to get it. Just being insecure.
P.S. my official letter has something like "pending the approval of the provost" too.
I agreed to the draft letter first, and then it was sent around for approval by the dean, provost, and executive VP. This took a few days, and the official one that I'm signing says "this offer has the the approval of the provost…etc."
In my scenario it was the following:
1. Told my chair I was getting the offer, pending approval of the Dean/Provost.
2. Entered into negotiations with the Dean approx. 1 week later. This was around the holidays. Took a couple weeks of back and forth (both of us being out of the country) and settled on numbers. He had to send it to the Provost for approval.
3. Heard a week later that it was approved and signed by the Provost.
4. Letter and contract arrived directly from the Provost approx. 3-4 days later.
5. Sent back signed contract along with transcript and received my ID # and a list of things to do when I arrive on campus about 7-10 days later.
Just received contract in the mail and was wondering if it is normal that in the case of a TT position, the offer specifies employment for one year, with pre-tenure faculty being reappointed annually at discretion of provost, upon recommendation from the dean and dept chair? Also, should the contract spell out details of the benefits/fringe (mine doesn't)? I'm brand-new to this process and don't know what is the typical length and content of appointment letters?
Yes, pre-tenure contracts are always renewable annually, but with a specified timeline (6-7 years).
The contract doesn't usually spell out any information other than salary…its a pretty basic document. The offer letter has the details.
My contract contained my tenure timeline (when I would receive my mid-point evaluation, and when I would go up for tenure) and my salary, but nothing else.
The rest, we discussed on the phone, then the Dean drafted an email and sent it to me for my written confirmation, also via email.