Thursday, September 4, 2014

U. of Illinois Chancellor, Facing Faculty Outrage, Admits ‘Errors’ in Salaita Case

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 4th, 2014

The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has acknowledged that the hiring process that led to the controversial canceled appointment of Steven G. Salaita was flawed, The News-Gazette reports. Phyllis M. Wise told the newspaper that she would not reverse her decision not to put Mr. Salaita’s appointment before the Board of Trustees, but that “there have been some errors in the process” that the university is working to fix.
Controversy erupted last month when the university told Mr. Salaita, who was offered a tenured professorship last year, that it would not send his appointment to the Board of Trustees for approval because of statements critical of Israel he posted on Twitter. Academics nationwide have expressed outrage at what they perceive as a blatant assault on academic freedom, and several university departments have voted no confidence in Ms. Wise as a result of her decision.

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