I was recently contacted by the Chair of a position I interviewed for to let me know that they want to offer me position. He asked that I send him my start up package requests by the first week of January. He also wanted to discuss my package with me soon after.
My question is this: Now that I have been offered the position, is the chair someone I can trust to help me get the best possible start up package or is he the Dean's right hand man? I guess I am worried they are going to try to give me the lowest possible package. I know the Dean wants me to be successful but I have felt like they want me to be successful at the lower possible price and cut corners here and there. Or at least that is the vibe I got at this University.
Is the chair someone I can turn to for advice on getting the highest possible start up package?