The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 15th, 2015
The American Association of University Professors voted
overwhelmingly at its annual conference here on Saturday to censure the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for withdrawing a
tenured-faculty appointment from Steven G. Salaita over his Twitter
posts harshly criticizing Israel.
"The world — or, at least, the academic world — is watching," Troy D.
Smith, an assistant professor of history at Tennessee Tech University
and secretary of the AAUP’s Tennessee conference, said in urging fellow
association members to censure the Illinois flagship for violating
The vote to censure Illinois followed a lopsided debate in which Cary
Nelson, a former AAUP president and a professor of English at
Urbana-Champaign, found himself alone in arguing that the association
would be acting prematurely in passing such a judgment. On the other
side, several AAUP officials and Illinois faculty members argued that
the association needed to send a clear message that the university’s
treatment of Mr. Salaita violated AAUP guidelines dealing with shared
governance, due process, and academic freedom.