Friday, September 12, 2014

Officially Out of a Job

Inside Higher Ed
September 12th, 2014

Steven Salaita’s recent demands for a job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign apparently fell on deaf ears, with the Board of Trustees of the Illinois system rejecting his candidacy for a tenured faculty appointment to the American Indian studies program Thursday.
Salaita did not attend Thursday’s board meeting, although he was in town this week for a rally at which he demanded a place at the university. In a statement following the vote, Salaita said he was “disappointed” in the trustees’ action.
“Being at the school on Tuesday surrounded by so many supportive students and faculty was a professional high point for me and reinforced how rewarding it would be to work in that community,” he said. “I have offered to meet with both the board and the administration, but not one of them has spoken with me or ever heard my side of the story.”

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