Yet I’m seeing a lot search committee venting of spleens that seem to assume people with credentials like mine are only interested in jobs at X, Y, or Z type of institution as a fall back, with an eye out the door as soon as they are hired.
I know these sorts of people exist; I see them in my graduate program. They annoy the hell out of most of us too.
Q: How do I show my sincerity to a search committee beyond researching their school and department? Should I just assume that a certain number of places I apply to are going to write me off because a few bad eggs from my graduate program have convinced them that everyone that comes from my PhD granting institution are arrogant pricks?