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
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.