The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 12th, 2014
Thursday’s 8-to-1 vote by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees
to deny a tenured professorship to Steven G. Salaita over his
inflammatory Twitter posts about Israel hardly settles the controversy
over the university’s dealings with him.
In fact, by denying Mr. Salaita a position at the university’s
Urbana-Champaign campus in response to his tweets, the Illinois board
might have helped raise the temperature of debates elsewhere over shared
governance and the boundaries of academic freedom and free speech on
What might the future hold for key figures in the Illinois dispute and
other players in academe? Here’s a look at some of the possibilities.