Is it just me or isn't it strange if you've been in contact with a member of the search committee (via emial, asking questions and making inquries, etc.) after theyve made you an offer, and then you declining the offer (before the suggested deadline and in a polite way) and then NEVER hearing from them again? Not even to acklowledge they've received the email. Just thought that was a bit odd….not sure if this is typical in academia.
Date: 02 Apr 2014 09:51
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Strange, yes. But, the academic search process is bizarre. During my search I was invited for a phone interview by one committee then never heard anything from them again. In my case, I never pursued it as I had multiple offers arrive within days of the initial contact to schedule the interview, and the place offering the interview would have no hope of competing.
This sort of thing fails to surprise me, unfortunately.
Give it time. No one likes to be rejected. In ever search some faculty member is the "advocate" for a particular candidate and some political capital is spent on swaying the vote… So, could be something they're just feeling (i.e., it hurts that something you worked hard for says no… even if its understandable). Plus, this late in the game, if you don't hire someone deans might be tempted to re-evaluate whether or not you'll get to do another search, etc… and one might need to scramble to keep things alive… making it even harder to put on a happy face. Give it time.
Actually, I don't think it's that strange. They offered, you said no, and then they moved on the next person. Inasmuch as we'd like the "that sucks" email, they're probably more focused on securing the next candidate than making sure everyone feels warm and snuggly about mutual feelings. Do we send emails to journal editors that reject our papers, even if the rejection letter is written really politely? ;)
Not sure if a manuscript submission is a good analogy for applying to an academic job. I am not looking for "that sucks" email as much as I am looking for a "we got your message" confirmation. In either case, the end result is the same, I guess