I am currently on a tenure track position but have recently accepted a position at another institution. While I have informed my chair and dean about my decision to leave (both are supportive), I wonder when will be the time I need to resign. I worry that if I resign too early, my benefits in the summer will be forfeited. Any thoughts?
Date: 18 Apr 2014 11:47
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To be fair with the department you should tell them as soon as possible. If you resign late they may not have enough time to find a replacement and other faculty might need to take over your responsibilities such as teaching load.
When you turn in your resignation letter you can specify your resignation date. Also, you should have no issues with the summer salary or benefits. Assuming you are on a 9 or 10 month contract, you've actually already earned that salary, so they still owe it to you. If you're really concerned about it, though, you would probably do best to speak with someone in HR about it. I'm sure they've dealt with it many times.
Read your university policy. Ask your chair. Follow the rules.
If you have other concerns, talk to your university/college ombudsman.
I was going to suggest talking to HR to find out the rules. The other option is, even if admin wants your letter of resignation ASAP, you can likely specify a resignation date to be at a later time. In some places, the operating policies might state that they can't begin to hire your replacement until you are officially gone (leading to your spot being open for a year), but in others or in desperate situations they might be allowed to hire once your letter of resignation is in hand (regardless of when you're actually resigning). As suggested above, check with chair, dean, HR, etc. to figure out what's best. Likely, your benefits remain until your actual resignation date. Some places might even expect you to teach this summer if possible before you leave.