UI releases Salaita correspondence
In a letter dated Aug. 1, Chancellor Phyllis Wise informed Professor Steven Salaita that the University of Illinois "will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty."
Here is correspondence between the UI and Salaita, released by the UI.
Salaita, a professor at Virginia Tech, recently drew attention for his pro-Gaza, anti-Israel rants on Twitter. His behavior on social media led to Illinois reversing its decision to hire him.
On Oct. 3, 2013, Salaita was offered a full-time position as an associate professor of American Indian Studies at a salary of $85,000 a year. The offer included "indefinite tenure" but was subject to approval by the UI's Board of Trustees.
Both letters were obtained by The News-Gazette on Wednesday via a Freedom of Information Act request.
In her letter. Wise said, "We write to inform you that your appointment will not be recommended for submission to the Board of Trustees in September, and we believe that an affirmative Board vote affirming your appointment is unlikely."
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