How long is too long?
February 23, 2012 5:30 PM Subscribe
Academic Jobs Filter: What is a reasonable amount of time to ask for to make a decision about a job offer?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total)
I am a TT faculty member who is desperate to leave my current job, for a number of reasons. I had an on campus interview on Monday, and was offered the job on Tuesday! Great - except that they want an answer by Friday (i.e. tomorrow). And I have had phone/Skype interviews at 3 other places, and have also been invited to a campus interview for one of those three. (This invitation was extended yesterday). I also think it's certainly possible that I might get another campus visit.
The job I've been offered is ok, but it's not my first choice (not in my real area of interest, less appealing school). The second campus visit (scheduled for 1st week of March) is at a more desirable school, and more to the point, is directly in my interest area. The other places I've had phone interviews with are also more directly related to my research and teaching. The job I've been offered is stuff that I *can* teach, but I'm not that interested in, and has almost nothing to do with my research. It involves a lot of program administration, though, which is something I have a lot of experience in and which is why I think they offered it to me.
I think it's a bit unreasonable to expect me to give them an answer in three days, although I know they want to move on with their process. Is it reasonable to ask for more time? Should I tell them I have another campus visit? How long should I ask for? My next visit would be two weeks after they offered me the job, but of course I would not know then if I were getting a second offer.