Has anyone have the experiences regarding negating a later start date? When should one raise this question? After receiving official offer? Can one negotiate one semester delaying? Is delyaing a year acceptable? Thanks a lot!
Date: 19 Mar 2013 13:27
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In general I would say don't try to negotiate until you have an offer in hand.
Question - are you looking to start late because you are still ABD and don't think you'll finish in time? If so, I have heard of some offers actually have a clause to cover you still taking the position even if you haven't finished - you may be hired as a lecturer and you'll be paid less, but you'll still have a job! Not sure how common that is though.
This should happen after you have received a verbal offer but before the offer letter has been sent. It is a pain in the butt for many chairs to put together an offer letter. Many of them would prefer not to bring multiple drafts before the Dean. If this is what you want, then talk to the chair. Just be prepared to have a good reason or else the offer may be retracted.
Agreed, you want to do this after you are verbally offered the job and while you are negotiating other things (start-up package, salary, etc.). This is quite common at research-oriented places and I know quite a few people who have gotten a one-semester or one-year extension. You should give some kind of reason - to finish a postdoc or project or to find employment for your spouse, for example. I asked for a one-semester extension to finish a postdoc and my chair did not bat an eye.
Thank you so much. They did mention they want me to start in the Fall (of course). I am in the stage of writing up my budget but they said the official letter will only sent to me after the Dean agree on the budget. Should I mention this issue now? I would actually like to use the time to finish a few papers up in my hands and a couple of projects. Would this be a good excuse?
Here are the reasons I gave for deferring.
1) Additional training that will allow me to "hit the ground running."
2) Applying for outside funding. You should be able to secure a nominal affiliation prior to your official start date.
3) Wrapping up ongoing projects.
For any folks out there who deferred one semester (instead of a full year), how does that deferred start date work for the tenure clock? Does everything just shift 4-6 months? I've heard that some schools only do tenure decisions 1x per year, so I wasn't sure whether a semester delay would mess that up.
I started a semester late because I had some leftover grant money to replicate some of my findings that felt too good to be true. My institution (R1) was totally fine with it. However they pushed my whole tenure clock back one year - a university policy.
(funny side note is that I told some more senior people at a conference that I was starting late to replicate and they said "here's some advice: don't ever replicate your findings. It's a waste of time before tenure." I'm saving that one for the "things that cause false positives in psychology" hall of fame.)