Friday, May 29, 2015

U. of Illinois Chancellor Expects AAUP Censure in Response to Salaita Dispute

The Chronicle of Higher Education 
May 29th, 2015

The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign expects it to be censured by the American Association of University Professors over the treatment of Steven G. Salaita, The News-Gazette reports. Phyllis M. Wise told a faculty committee on Thursday that she had been “told by people who know better than me that we should expect to be censured.” The association’s academic-freedom committee is expected on Saturday to vote on whether to recommend censuring the university.
The Urbana-Champaign campus offered Mr. Salaita a tenured professorship in 2013 but opted not to hire him last year after the professor drew fire for anti-Israel tweets. Mr. Salaita and his supporters said the university’s decision amounted to a violation of academic freedom, and the professor has sued the university over the revoked job offer.

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