From the inbox, a technical question about offer acceptances and pension plans (redacted for privacy, edited for clarity):
I am looking at an academic job, and currently at a tenure track position with a pension plan. I know these are becoming harder and harder to get. Without getting into the details too much, for a new position I am looking at, the state is going to switch to a hybrid plan soon [in late June].
If the academic start date in the positing is for August, would there be any way to possible to push the official start date to [early June] (maybe teach a summer course or do whatever). This start date would literally be worth 500,000 to 750,000 to me over the course of my retirement. Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated. I was thinking that a dean would have the power and authority to make this happen potentially, I really want to see what the forum thinks about this.
Seems like a reasonable thing to ask, once the offer is made. Readers, what do you think?