I am currently a first year lecturer (fresh out of graduate school) at a R1 university’s psychology department. A position has just been announced in the College of Education that I believe I am qualified for. I really want to apply for the position but I am not sure how the process might jeopardize my current position as a non-tenure track (but a non-visiting full time) lecturer in the psychology department. There is nothing wrong with my current position but I think the position announced through the College of Education (Educational Psychology) is a better fit for me, is tenure-track, and I see better long term growth potential with that position.
1. I think there is a fair chance that my department chair would find out if I submit an application. How do you think that might affect my current position given that I am not a tenure-track faculty member? I have just completed my first semester and I received excellent teaching evaluations from my students.
2. There is no guarantee that I would be able to land the advertised position even though I think I am qualified based on my publication records and teaching experience. If I were to apply and was not offered the position, how might that affect my relationship with colleagues in the psychology department?
3. Should I just forget about applying to the educational psychology position because I might be risking my current position in the psychology department? I have also sent out a few applications to R2s and SLACs but I would like to stay in the area if possible.