Inside Higher Ed
August 6th, 2014
Many faculty job offers (which are well-vetted by college officials
before they go out) contain language stating that the offer is pending
approval by the institution's board of trustees. It's just a formality,
since many college bylaws require such approval.
Not so with a job offer made to Steven G. Salaita, who was to have
joined the American Indian studies program at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign this month. The appointment was made public, and
Salaita resigned from his position as associate professor of English at
Virginia Tech. But he was recently informed by Chancellor Phyllis Wise
that the appointment would not go to the university's board, and that he
did not have a job to come to in Illinois, according to two sources
with knowledge of the situation.