I was trying to locate this thread as I know this was a question posed a bit ago. I have a pre-existing relationship with a school. They just opened a job search for social psychology. My Ph.D. is in a more general area of psychology, experimental. We have cognitive, social, and developmental students who graduate with this type of degree. During school, most of my colleagues were social and many of my classes were taken from social faculty members. My area is in social development and so I've been thinking about applying for this open position. The area of social psychology is open, but they have a strong preference for culture/diversity. I just happen to conduct this type of research among adolescents and young adults. I integrate a variety of theories related to social psychology in my research as well. Moving back to this area would allow me to further collaborate with my previous adviser, which would result in many opportunities to collect new cross-cultural data. I'm also in an international postdoc with a lot of collaborators in Asia, Europe, and Australia. I conduct research on aggression.
Sorry for all the background, but I think it puts my thoughts about applying for this position in perspective. Will I get laughed at for submitting my application, despite not really being a social psychologist? The position wants individuals who have taught intro, methods, and stats before - which I have. I've also taught social psychology before (among developmental courses as well). I know social psychology positions are very competitive and on average individuals in this area have more developmental publications. The school is a small liberal arts school. As I mentioned, I've taught at this school before, although I know that doesn't really guarantee anything. Ultimately, I think I can make a strong argument for why I'm submitting my application, but I wanted to get others' opinions.