The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 23rd, 2014
Weeks after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign abruptly
revoked a job offer to Steven G. Salaita in the wake of his
controversial tweets about Israel, two scholars have signaled their
protest by pulling out of speaking engagements at the campus, and a
program that was set to host a national gathering there has called its
conference off. Meanwhile, the American Indian studies program, which
Mr. Salaita had been set to join, is scrambling to make up for his
Mr. Salaita, a former professor of English at Virginia Tech, had been
offered a job as a tenured professor of American Indian studies, but his
appointment was contingent upon approval by the university’s Board of
Trustees. Earlier this month administrators told Mr. Salaita in a letter
that they would not bring his appointment before the board after all.
An affirmative vote, they said, was unlikely.