I've read through posts on the Wiki about deferring a start date, but my question is whether I can do anything once accepting an offer. I accepted a great job, but am realizing it would be better for personal/family reasons if I could start 6 months or a year later. Is this possible and how can I bring it up? I don't want to offend my department because professionally it is a great fit and I'm really excited about the position.
Date: 28 Jan 2016 20:27
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I cannot say how your would-be department will respond, but as a member of a search committee currently I can say that if deferral were not discussed prior to an offer I would be concerned. Most notably because we are hiring to fill a vacancy, which impacts our course offerings and other faculty needing to cover required courses. If the position is predominantly research w/ little (maybe reduced) teaching during year 1 it may not be as big a deal. There are a lot of variables that would influence their reaction I'd expect.
As a current search member, I don't think it hurts to ask. I was given the opposite advice when i applied… not to mention deferral but to ask about it after receiving an offer. To be fair, I was applying to R1's that don't necessarily need a teacher to fill vacant teaching roles as often. As long as this was just a verbal acceptance it seems totally fine.
Or are you saying you already went through negotiations and signed the contract and now you want to defer? That seems a bit trickier, but still worth asking.
I think you should ask, citing how personal/family circumstances have changed but you remain 100% enthusiastic about the position. But since negotiations have ended it is less likely to work. Still possible, though, especially for just a semester deferral. There is a lot of time for them to get adjuncts for the fall.