I never thought I would be asking this question, but here I am. How should one decline an offer? Are there do's and don'ts? Other than being polite and gracious, how is this supposed to work?
Date: 20 Mar 2012 20:06
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My advice is to just call the dean, or whomever made the offer, and say thank you very much, say your positive impressions of the department, and then say that it's not the right fit for you. short and sweet. When I declined an offer, I also e-mailed the chair and told them how much I enjoyed the visit and that I was sorry I wouldn't be joining their dept.
Congratulations. I agree with guest. Say they are great (assuming they are) but that you are taking another offer. Good professionals will take it graciously and wish you luck; they did when I declined. I also e-mailed a few key people who I had met with on the visit and connected with and told them the news, so you could do that at your discretion (e.g. the chair or search chair as guest mentioned.)