Piggy Backing off the previous post, has anyone ever tried starting early for a job? I won't have funding this summer during the transition to my new institution, and was wondering how feasible it would be to ask my new institution to allow me to start a month early. … To somehow work into the contract a first summer stipend?
Date: 21 Mar 2013 09:25
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As I think is implied by vd's response, most depts don't mind you starting early to get a good start to your first semester/year. It's often dependent on the availability of funds, though, if you expect to get paid or expect to have your startup money in hand to buy equipment etc. I've known some people who moved early enough to even teach a summer course before they started (hopefully the same class they'd be teaching in the fall). In terms of startup money being ready, though, that's going to vary by institution and state and the simple wilingness of people to make the funds available to you or not.
This is the type of thing you should negotiate before accepting an offer so the school can tell you if they can/will do this or not and if so to make sure they have the money set aside for you (i.e., if you're starting in the summer, you're likely requiring them to use money from the previous year's budget, not from the academic year that's about to begin and in which you are actually supposed to start, so this can be more of an imposition than you think, as last year's money is likely already allocated or even spent!).
I negotiated an early start date (1 mo early) and got a little push back during negotiations but I justified it by saying that I needed time on the ground before the semester starts to make connections in the community (public schools) to get my research up and running ASAP. Once I made that point, they were very willing to make it happen. But yeah, like anonbanon said, you have to negotiate this up front. They won't be able to make it happen after the offer is signed.