Key considerations when responding to an unexpected admin role offer: Editorial


In his Admin 101 column for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, David D Perlmutter outlines the appropriate way to respond to an unexpected offer of an administrative role. First and foremost, he advises faculty members to treat the offer as a complement and to be gracious about it regardless of how they plan to proceed. From there, Perlmutter encourages the reader to request the exact definition of the job and its duties, associated priorities, and available supports. With this information in hand, the conversation can turn to a negotiation of the compensation package. Perlmutter concludes by noting that the decision to switch from a faculty role to administration is a difficult one and encourages the reader to talk to family members who may be affected by the change in responsibilities and commitments before making a final decision.

Chronicle of Higher Ed