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.”