It is no secret that I am not fond of my primary Evil Day Job. This is primarily because my boss drives me bat shit crazy. I have some issues with my supplementary teaching jobs, but for the most part, I enjoy teaching. The great irony of this is that when I finished graduate school and applied for various positions, I took the one that I was offered here, and TWO DAYS LATER, the department head of the psych department where I earned my Masters degree calls me up and offers me a full time teaching position. At that time I had no notion of whether I would like teaching or not, and I’d JUST accepted this other job, so I politely declined.
Fast forward to today, when I send an email to same department head. I wanted to confirm with him that he was okay with my choice of which course to develop next and find out when the deadline for proposal is for spring semester. I also mentioned in a probably deceptively casual aside that I realized that I had turned down the offer of a full time position when offered it before, but that my circumstances had changed, and I wanted to express my interest in a full time teaching position should one become available.
So department head emails me back. He’s perfectly happy with the course I want to develop next (Theories of Personality) and is going to go ahead and put me down to teach that in the spring AND abnormal again, if I want. Oh, I want. Two sections at the higher pay rate of a full university as opposed to the community college would totally help replenish our savings. He also said that the department is currently understaffed, and he’s put in a request to the Powers That Be for two full time instructors. And should that request be approved, he’ll be in touch. I was the top of my graduate class, and they really wanted me before, so I think I stand a very good shot at getting offered the position if it is approved. It’s the same rate of pay I have at my current EDJ, and it is still with the university, so I don’t lose any of my leave time or major medical (which is very relevant, as we’re looking at starting a family in two years). It likely wouldn’t be exclusively online classes, which means I have to get over my fear of podiums (and yeah, it’s totally podiums and not actually public speaking–if I can sit down, I’m fine), but either way it would be an improvement over my current situation and more what I want to do for a day job when I’m not writing.