Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==Comments / Questions== Hey, I see a few of the posters above have negotiated startup funds. What are such funds used for in our discipline? What kinds of tactics might you take to negotiate more of them? Thanks in advance! '''Uses: '''I likely can't anticipate all of the uses/justifications for startup or research funds but in our field they may be used for books/monographs (to stay current/build your library), to cover translation fees of primary sources, to provide nominal remuneration to interview subjects (for transportation or participation) in qualitative research, '''very''' typically it is used as a publication subvention for an anticipated book contract (and sometimes for image or other cited source permissions). As a "last resort" it can also go toward research-related travel, but my advisor said that is less desirable if there is already a set conference travel fund or at least campus-wide competitions. '''Tactics:''' My gut is your sense is right: it would be sound to reference particulars when seeing if that amount can negotiate upward rather than just saying "I want more." I have also read that institutions sometimes bound by less ability for salary negotiation may be able to be more flexible in this area or on moving costs. Even beyond particulars, it might be a good idea to crate a very "drafty budget" of anticipated or typical research costs to be able to justify asking for more. For example, I do anticipate needing to work with a translator so I returned to my video/audio/transcripts that I possessed already and created a ballpark estimate of how many hours/words I had and what transcription and translation costs might be (based on a few queries I made to professional translation services/translators). One might also consider researching typical publication subvention amounts with publishers in our field. "Typical" permission rates are much harder, since those range very broadly based on the source. While I never submitted the draft of the translation budget, I did reference it when we discussed the startup amount. Running average of Rhet / Comp salaries: 56K. Running average of Technical / Professional writing salaries: 62.1K. I will gladly give up $500/mo to not teach Tech/Prof writing. [[Category:AcademicJobSearch]] Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Academic Jobs Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://academicjobs.wikia.org/wiki/Rhetoric/Composition_Salaries_for_AY_2013-14"