2. Interviewing for the job
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wise to make additional positions the sine qua non of your acceptance.
But it isn't too hard to imagine conditions where this is a reasonable
stance. For example, suppose you are happy in your present position
and the university that is courting you is weak. The only appeal of
accepting the headship (aside from the beautiful view of the ocean)
is the possibility of launching an adventure and creating the world's
center for the study of quasi-barrelled locally convex spaces. Then
by all means, let the dean know that you aren't interested in the job
unless it is accompanied by new positions. But don't exaggerate. Say
what you mean, mean what you say. (Good advice when buying a car
as well as negotiating for a headship.)
I think it is more important to assess attitudes than get firm com-
mitments. What will it take for the department to get an additional
position, another computer lab, an additional secretary, or whatever
it is that will boost morale or increase departmental prestige? Is the
dean someone who is reasonable and likely to respond to a careful ar-
gument that demonstrates the problem? Is the university expanding?
Contracting? Does the college administration think the department's
main role is servicing other programs, or does the dean have a respect
for mathematics as an independent discipline? These are much more
important questions than whether you will get a specific request. I
can almost guarantee that three years after you take office what you
think is important for the department is not what you thought when
you started.
In §111 discuss the salary question, but here are a few reasonable
ideas about money. If you are a candidate from the outside, I think
you should be able to expect a significant raise something on the
order of 1 to 2 months of your present salary. You should also make
sure you are paid something significant during the summer, probably
another month's salary or so. (Two additional paychecks during the
summer essentially gives you a 12-month contract. I'll say something
about this idea shortly.) Perhaps in a small department these numbers
are high, especially the latter one since small departments in liberal
arts colleges seldom have the extensive summer school programs that
the large state universities do. Summer school is a rather quiet affair;
but even if you are not going to be heavily involved in the day-to-day
operation, you should be paid a significant amount. Here's why.
At most institutions the summer budget is a separate entity from
that of the academic year. While the academic year budget may be
quite tight, summer budgets tend to have more roominess. Summer
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