After a long drawn out search and two post-campus rejections, I finally received an offer at a school that I'm very excited to move to and continue my career (yay!). In my congratulatory call, we didn't discuss too much about startup or negotiations, but I was told the starting salary and moving costs. Given that I've been in a TT for a few years, I figured I wouldn't come in at the lowest salary range,… but I was pleasantly surprised (floored, really) when the offer had a very generous starting salary.
My question is — if the salary is already clearly VERY competitive, do you still try to negotiate up?
I titled this post 'women and negotiations' because the feminist in me knows i should demand my value and worth and that most men "would at least ask" for more. The typical passive woman in me is ready to accept the offered salary (which is already a large increase from my existing salary). I do plan to negotiate other things like more startup, course releases, moving expenses, and a spousal hire, but wonder if I should be asking for more money… "because that's the thing to do."
Ladies and Gentlemen, thoughts?
If you are a firm believer in always asking for more — what would your suggested language be in navigating this request?
Ms. Passive (who is uber-excited, but anxious for asking for more)