The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 13th, 2014
Nearly 300 scholars have signed petitions pledging to stay away from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until it rescinds its
decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, whose appointment as a tenured
professor of American Indian studies was blocked after he came under fire for tweets criticizing Israel’s military actions in Gaza.
Mr. Salaita had been offered the job, subject to approval by the
University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and had expected to begin work
at Urbana-Champaign on Friday. On August 1, however, Phyllis M. Wise,
the campus’s chancellor, and Christophe Pierre, the university system’s
vice president for academic affairs, told him in a letter that they
would not bring his appointment before the board for a vote.
They offered no explanation other than that “we believe that an
affirmative board vote approving your appointment is unlikely.” The
university has not commented further on the matter.