Monday, January 5, 2015

A Mixed Report on Salaita Controversy

Inside Higher Ed
January 2nd, 2014

The University of Illinois violated key principles of shared governance and academic freedom in its review -- and rejection -- of the hiring of Steven G. Salaita, a faculty panel has found. The faculty panel's report, released in December was particularly critical of the use of civility as a standard in making hiring decisions. But the panel also found that there may have been legitimate reasons to reject Salaita's appointment with tenure to the faculty of the American Indian studies department at the Urbana-Champaign campus.
The university's August decision not to hire Salaita -- just weeks before he and his would-be faculty colleagues thought he would start teaching in the fall semester -- set off a huge national debate over academic freedom, civility and the role of trustees and administrators in reviewing hiring and tenure decisions.

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