Faculty meeting brings more airing of grievances at UI

Faculty meeting brings more airing of grievances at UI

URBANA — Despite calls for unity, University of Illinois faculty still appear divided — some of them angry and fearful — in the wake of the administration's decision to reject American Indian Studies professor Steven Salaita last month.

At the annual meeting of the faculty Monday in the Illini Union, faculty lined up to express their concerns about the Salaita affair and ask questions about ramifications, including possible censure by the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP.

For more than an hour faculty challenged Chancellor Phyllis Wise on her decision, described the campus as feeling "polarized" and "oppressive," and said some junior faculty are worried that if they research or publish in a way that offends administrators or donors, they will not receive tenure. Some turned their backs to Wise when she issued her opening statement.

Meanwhile other faculty said enough is enough and it's time for the campus to move on.

The annual meeting of the faculty is a tradition each fall. The president and chancellor deliver remarks about the state of the campus and then take questions from faculty.

"It was difficult. It was challenging," Wise told The News-Gazette after the meeting. "There's clearly some deep-seeded dissatisfaction and polarization. We have to figure out ways to get back together. This is something we have to work on together."

And it's not going to happen instantaneously, she said.

A faculty search committee offered Salaita, a Virginia Tech professor, a tenure track faculty job back in October 2013. He accepted and planned to teach this fall. After his tweets critical of Israel's invasion of Gaza received scrutiny, Wise notified him in August that she would not forward his appointment to the board for approval. Trustees rejected the appointment last month. Some faculty and students have decried the decision while others have come out in support of Wise and the board.

Wise has said she should have taken more time to consult with additional people on campus before informing Salaita in early August that she would not forward his name to the board for approval. She reiterated her previous statements that the decision was not motivated by donor pushback or that it was political, which several faculty questioned Monday. She has said she will encourage symposia and other discussions about academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Wise also pledged to fix problems with the hiring process, which allows faculty to teach before their appointments are officially approved by the board. In addition, Provost Ilesanmi Adesida recently convened a committee, comprised of faculty members, to review faculty hiring practices and processes and submit recommendations by November.

Also, the Academic Senate's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure is reviewing Salaita's case.

In late-August American Association of University Professors wrote to Wise expressing "deep" concern about the Salaita affair. The university's "aborting" of Salaita's appointment without demonstrating cause is tantamount to summary dismissal, "an action categorically inimical to academic freedom and due process and one aggravated in his case by the apparent failure to provide him with any written or even oral explanation," wrote Anita Levy, associate secretary with the AAUP.

The AAUP could conduct its own investigation, and it should, said Bruce Rosenstock, UI religion professor and president of the Campus Faculty Association. Censure votes occur during the AAUP's annual meeting which is held in June.

No major public research university has ever landed on that list, Rosenstock said.

If the AAUP censures the university, it would be "devastating and demoralizing" to be affiliated with the university, said English professor Curtis Perry.

Censure, said UI communications professor Susan Davis, is a public shaming. If the university wants to recover its reputation, the administration must adhere to the AAUP's principles on academic freedom and tenure, and, if censured, take back some of its statements and reverse its decisions, she said.

"As faculty we are the ones who will suffer the reputational consequences if the AAUP censures our institutions. We the faculty must speak up. ... A censured institution is not an excellent institution," she said.

Wise said the Committee on Academic Freedom on Tenure's work will be done before any vote on censure.

"I'm hoping CAFT in collaboration with administration will be able to work through that process," she said.

Rosenstock called Monday's meeting a "tremendous disappointment."

"It was disappointing to hear how little our administration acknowledged the damage to the reputation of this university, to the morale of its faculty. Until the administration says we made catastrophic errors in judgement and procedure and we wish had done it differently there will never be unity on this campus," Rosenstock said.

Kim Graber said those who lined up to talk Monday represent only one side. She supports Wise.

"I think people needed an opportunity to say what they were feeling," she said. "We've heard the same things from the same people and it's time to move forward. ... They're a group that's going to be dissatisfied until they have a union," she said, referring to the Campus Faculty Association's ongoing campaign for a tenure-stream faculty union.

In one of the final comments of the evening, physics professor George Gollin acknowledged the Salaita case is a complicated one that has caused a tremendous amount of pain for people on both sides. "In my experience, this has been a fabulously collegial university. The current events now are things that will ultimately be resolved, We will continue to be colleagues at this world class university. ... This is just one incident. It will pass and we will eventually come together again," Gollin said.

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on October 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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I think Salaita got a raw deal, but I also think that just about everyone is tired of hearing about this by now.

These greivance sessions aren't going to accomplish anything, except to give people not involved with the situation chances to vent that they have already had.

It's time for everyone else except for the involved parties to move on, and let the courts take care of it.

Faculty Member wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

It is certainly tiring, but this issue won't go away until the Chancellor, President, and Board of Trustees correct their actions.  Otherwise, they have set a very chilling precedent for the evaluation and hiring of faculty in the future.  Meanwhile, they have severely damaged the University's reputation.  Though they choose not to take responsibility for their actions, we insist on holding them accountable.  The stakes are too high to simply "move on."

Note to editor:  Please correct the caption under the second photo.  Those were students (not faculty) turning their backs on the Chancellor and President.

Joe American wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

False.  The reputation of the University is only "damaged" in the eyes of a few (relative to the entirety of all faculty) extremists who only want to protect their ability to say whatever they want, whenever they want, without it affecting their careers.  Sorry, life doesn't work that way.

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

The loud voices of a minority of irrational, disgruntled people have grabbed the headlines once again!!!

jwr12 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I would not call the faculty of core departments of the college of liberal arts and sciences a "minority of disgruntled people."  Anyone who would simply doesn't know what he is talking about.  The several hundred professors who who signed the letter authored by UIUC Faculty for Academic Freedom and Justice include a who's who of current endowed chairs and department leaders, a host of associate professors who hold distinguished appointments and are expected to be future leaders of LAS, as well as recently recruited assistant professors we worked hard to bring to campus.  Nor are they all (as Professor Graber implies) members or organizers of the CFA.  This is a truly galvanizing moment for the historic core of the university crossing all sorts of disciplinary and political lines.  So while it's comforting for some, in ignorance, to imagine this as a fit of pique by a minority of "tenured radicals," the News Gazette readers deserve to know it is far from that.  This is a broad protest by the core faculty of LAS, and by virtually all the people who until July had been the trusted leaders and program builders, responsible for lifting the basic academic reputation of the university.  And if you don't think they will leave, then you really aren't paying attention.

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

What departments comprise a "core" in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences? Is it the same "core" that undermined science requirement standards many years ago? Does it require to be only of a hard-left liberal, rather than moderate political persuasion? Does it require poor behavior and an unwillingness to consider alternative viewpoints? Does it mean giving up give-and-take?

Frankly speaking, from the over-emotional behavior at the Faculty Senate meeting in late September and reported herein for the annual faculty meeting, I'm unimpressed with what the core might be. And if they really are threatening to leave, I'm unimpressed because they have to have a place to go to and that is never guaranteed. They will find very quickly that very few places can match the facilities (eg. libraries) that UIUC has, nor find a university administration that is tops  for facilitating faculty research in all fields.

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

What departments comprise a "core" in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences? Is it the same "core" that undermined science requirement standards many years ago? Does it require to be only of a hard-left liberal, rather than moderate political persuasion? Does it require poor behavior and an unwillingness to consider alternative viewpoints? Does it mean giving up give-and-take?

Frankly speaking, from the over-emotional behavior at the Faculty Senate meeting in late September and reported herein for the annual faculty meeting, I'm unimpressed with what the core might be. And if they really are threatening to leave, I'm unimpressed because they have to have a place to go to and that is never guaranteed. They will find very quickly that very few places can match the facilities (eg. libraries) that UIUC has, nor find a university administration that is tops  for facilitating faculty research in all fields.

BruckJr wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Get over yourself.  The core faculty of LAS have about as much responsibility for lifting the basic academic reputation of the university as do the university grounds people. 

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm


jwr12 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

It's funny you should mention libraries, Rocky, since the faculty of LAS have been instrumental to collection building and fundraising for that for generations.  The signatories of the petitions include leaders of the Title VI National Research Centers, 5 of whom just successfully completed a highly competitive 5 year grant cycle worth millions of dollars, including money for library collections. 

Despite the pleasures of arguing with you and Bruck (who is bizarrely condescending to the maintenance workers of the University, in ways I never would be), I'll add just a few words to the readers of the News Gazette who might have an open mind and want to know the situation.  Though Illinois is famous for its engineering programs, certainly, LAS remains the largest college, the core of what most people think of as "college," and brings in very substantial state funding and grant monies, in recognition of that service. That the people who have signed the petition--and the departments who have signalled their lack of confidence in the leadership's "approach" to the Salaita affair--are people and departments with national and international reputations can readily be judged any observer who takes the trouble to investigate the matter.  Dismissing all this protest with snark and sarcasm will not make this a better university, nor will refusing to meet argument and question with honest debate.

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm


Please list the "core departments" in the LAS College.


LastWord wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm


Distinguished.... really, jwr? 


Only in the same sense that mafiosi "distinguish" each other in a self-perpetuating con.


"And if you don't think they will leave, then you really aren't paying attention."


Please, please, fewer threats and more acts. Perhaps you should offer an example and leave first the cushy sinecure you're enjoying. No worries, "distinguished appointments" and "department chairs" running their departments into the ground are a dime a dozen nowadays, in the parasitic pseudo-humanities.


Are you really so offended? LEAVE. NOW.


There will be dozens of other hungry hyenas ready to take over from you and chew on the bone you're chewing now.  The whole bunch of worthless loudmouths piled up together aren't worth one genuine scholar in chemistry or physics.


byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

Don't read it then.  Problem solved.

shurstrike wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

Ah, yes - the airing of grievances.

Now all we need is a dinner and feats of strength and we've got ourselves a Festivus celebration.

Festivus for the rest of us!

greystreet1 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I was wondering if anyone else was thinking Seinfeld when reading the headline!

Reykjavik wrote on October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

The Chancellor made a mistake on process.  She is contrite.  

The hiring process will be revised.

The candidate was no superstar and his target department was probably not that prominent.  

This affair is not a crisis unless some faculty make it one.  

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm


itazurakko wrote on October 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

She needs to admit that she stepped in it when she issued an official email stating that disparaging and disrespecting viewpoints (as opposed to people) is beyond the pale.  That statement runs directly counter to the entire idea of academic freedom and what critical higher education is all about. 

The University's attempt at damage control over the issue only has caused them more damage.  Regardless of what the University does about Salaita's hiring in particular, that statement is bringing them lots of well-deserved criticism, and they need to officially retract it.


phdham wrote on October 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

Thanks for giving a fair account of what happened, unlike the Daily Illini (which again glossed over the hour+ of faculty grievances after Wise/Easter's opening comments)

billbtri5 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

then go some place else and teach or better yet get into the private sector...

byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

Why should I?  We built this university, not her.  She needs to go.  

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

Another scandal in a long history of scandals made by highly paid, incompetent administrators.  Release the "flagship" to become a private university.  Save the taxpayers the money spent on settlements, huge salaries, and the on-going shame of another thing with Illinois in it's name.   

mstook423 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Turning your back on Phyllis Wise while she is talking.  What I see here is a bunch of childish antics by a number of people who should be thankful they don't work in the private sector where such antics would not be tolerated.  Grow-up and move on.

rsp wrote on October 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Those are students.

Faculty Member wrote on October 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

For those who try to trivialize this issue as the whinings of a disgruntled few, think again.  The American Association of University Professors, as well as many prominent scholarly organizations, not to mention thousands of individual scholars, have condemned the actions of the Chancellor, President and Board of Trustees.  See the AAUP's letter here: 


This damage cannot be wished away or dismissed.  It *is* damaging our campus daily and, in fact, will cost the campus dearly in dollars (lawsuit) and reputation. 


rsp wrote on October 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I've been wondering what the boycott is costing the community, with the cancelled hotel/motel rooms, decrease in restaurant meals. Just for those who think good riddance. Some things are just a valuable speaker, others are conferences with groups of people so it adds up. Students come here to be exposed to a wide range of ideas and they aren't here. Only some ideas are welcome and what if you don't know if your ideas will be suppressed?

bluegrass wrote on October 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm


Joe American wrote on October 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm


Skeptical111 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

 The whole tenure system should be revised. Professors such as "Faculty Member" should be not so much fired for their opinions, as liberated from the yoke of oppression University of IL allegedly exercises on them. Allow these inestimable "specialists" in grievance.... and nothing else to go into the wide world finding a place better suited to their amazing principles. They are so (in)valuable... surely dozens of universities will fight over them.   In reality, the hypocrisy of this shameless gang of imposters from the irrelevant/bankrupt departments (bankrupt both financially and morally) is staggering. The only reason they condone hiring a teacher who literally asks for the murder of his students is because those students happen to be Jewish.  Salaita's allegiance is clearly more to the terrorist organization of Hamas than to the country he is a citizen of. “No wonder Israel prefers killing Palestinians from the sky. It turns out American college kids aren’t very good at ground combat” [GENUINE SALAITA TWEET]  Does he write this from an American perspective or from a Hamas ambassador one? Not hard to assess. How about the "American college kids" he expects to pay for his salary? They don't count and a professor celebrating their possibly being assassinated by Hamas or ISIS should be accepted. Freedom of speech and all that.  Never mind. If you don't believe me just imagine the following scenario. The same faculty members suddenly enamored with free speech - would they condone the hiring of somebody who wrote:  “If you're demented, amoral, dimwitted, and have sociopathic tendencies, might I suggest applying for a job in the American government.”  "You may be too refined to say it, but I'm not: I wish all the f**ing Native American residents would go missing"  "Pro-Palestinian journalists should get the pointy end of a shiv"  "Black activists: transforming 'racism' from something horrible into something honorable since 1962"??  No they wouldn't. They would cry "RACISM" from the rooftops.  Make no mistake: writing this kind of stuff about Jewish people doesn't make it more honorable. Perhaps only in the eyes of the anti-Semites from the bankrupt departments - sociology, Pakistani studies, Marxist Studies (jokingly called by notorious clown Kirk Sanders the Philosophy Department), Robert Warrior "I'm 1/128 Indian and I expect a fat bonus" Narcissist Studies and the like.  Meantime, in the real world, in the departments which are actually relevant and which support the University leadership, Salaita's being kicked out is no tragedy. You see, these people actually have real work to do and something real to show for it.   Faculty Member: follow Salaita and go away wherever he is going. When we'll miss you, we'll write. Just wait for it, patiently. 

byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

Nope.  We're going to stay here and keep fighting against this and for free speech.  And who knows, maybe our efforts will help you maintain your rights of free speech too.

LastWord wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am



No wonder you have no time to be professional, with all this "fighting" you're so busy with.


The free speech shtick is maxed out, nobody outside your little echo chamber is buying anymore.


Now go and argue with your mom.

sweet caroline wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Why is this story from YESTERDAY still the front page of the News-Gazette online tonight?  Is there no other news since yesterday?

sweet caroline wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I accidentally submitted my post twice.  I hate this CAPTCHA nonsense.

Rocky7 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Yes Sweet Caroline, those slanted, merged Captcha letters are hard to read.

jwr12 wrote on October 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm


Well, for starters, one might list English, History, Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, most of the languages (Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Slavic, East Asian): you know, the liberal arts part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the part that's generally called the core of any college education.

Helen111 wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am


Let me educate you a little, jwr12. Just a little, one cannot make up for your blatant lack of education.

Your departments don't make money. Period. You siphon money, no matter the occasional grant or the money you milk out of the taxpayer.

The humanities at U of I have become a complete circus. Just listing names of fields once prestigious does little to advance a hopeless case. 

Sociology? A nest of gutter politics, with nothing scientific about it. English literature? You've become incapable of teaching classic literature, to help students think, to truly cultivate in them an understanding of writing. How could you do that when the faculty itself is poorly educated and hired on ideological rather than professional criteria? The so-called Asian studies are monopolized by Pakistani misogynists grown in cultures in which brave, accomplished women like Phyllis Wise would be downright murdered. Philosophy? Futile masturbation around regurgitated Marxist cliches. French and Italian? Not only do the poor students who take classes learn nothing there, but many of those who teach can barely utter a sentence in the language they were hired to teach! It's all about "class" and "race" and "gender" and "oppression". Your departments have become a sinister joke at taxpayer's expense. You are no "liberal arts," you are the North-Korean wing of the University, worthy of utter demolition. 

What better proof than the American Indian Studies guru attempting to hire a rabid anti-Semite with NO expertise in the field? It seems being a lover of Hamas is the most important criterion today to be accepted by the brainwashed "faculty" of these departments. Whether it is the so-called philosophy, the so-called literature etc. 

Your departments have long ceased to be the "core" of anything, least of all of a college education. You are behind the times, incompetent in comparison with science faculty, like cheeky monkeys compared to seasoned astronauts. Besides your appetite for whining, your demand for handouts, and the intrinsic laziness of pompous frauds who don't have to sweat in order to produce quantifiable results... besides those you have nothing to offer. That's why you became so invested in a cheap circus such as the Salaita soap opera. Being worthless yourselves, calling yourselves "faculty" while being less educated and less honest than a hard-working custodian, the only way to validate yourselves is to make a public spectacle of yourselves, using pet(ty) causes of no merit. 

The Augean stables of the parasitic departments are in dire need of deep cleaning. 




byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

Jealous much?  Your comments only show how much you hate your life and your place in it.  So go ahead and blame the professors for your miserable existence instead of taking responisiblity for the life you made. 

LastWord wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am


The real jealousy was seen when all these losers ganged up against Chancellor Wise, who has a bigger IQ then the "core faculty" of the protest, combined.


Read the list of professors supporting her. All real brilliant people in their fields.


The Wise-haters? A bunch of losers with loud voices, making up in animal "sentiment" what they miss in IQ. You are pathetic but please keep continue entertaining the campus.

Rocky7 wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

It sounds to me that you, jwr12, are describing the University of Bolonga in 1650 AD which is pretty reactionary. I would hope the LAS College has advanced beyond that!

byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

"The Chancellor made a mistake on process.  She is contrite."

Yes, and the captain of the Titanic made a "mistake" on steering.  He is contrite.  Let's move on.

Here is the Chancellor's "mistake on process": she fired a potential employee AND branded him internationally -- and permanently -- as an anti-Semite, without ever speaking with him, without ever giving him a chance to explain or defend himself, without ever speaking to anyone who vetted him and hired him, and without ever speaking with a single person who knows him.  Yet she had the time, energy, and forethought to have multiple communications about this with the fundraising arm of the university, and even met personally, with an individual donor to discuss this.

A mistake on process?  Yeah right.  An intentional and complete ignoring of and disregard for not just process, but common courtesy to the dean and department head who hired him.  No, this was a willful act, and now, naturally, she is lying about it.

But you don't need to believe me.  Because this is all going to come out in Salaita's lawsuit, if, hopefully, she has to give a deposition and even testify.

And here's a dose of "real world" for all you tough guys who hate university professors: this little mistake on process is going to cost the taxpayers of this state -- all you guys living in the real world -- millions of dollars.

But hey, she is contrite. 

LastWord wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am


Complete rubbish, Salaita. That you are obsessed with Chancellor Wise comes as no surprise. In the Hamas culture you come from she could be silenced, but here's America, you know. Women are not supposed to walk silently behind the camel.


That you are an anti-Semite of the strident variety has been demonstrated long ago. That train has left the station.


You can dream of millions and billions of dollars in reparations all you want, but leaving this evil country which treated you so badly, leaving behind the "American college kids" you hate so much, and applying for a job at the Hamas University may be a more realistic path for you to take at this stage.

On the other hand, if you prefer to waste those few bucks your millions of supporters, with typical liberal generosity, collected for you, by all means, go into a court of law and explain to the judge why a school whose students you've threatened implicitly should be compelled to hire you. Good luck!


byrdslover wrote on October 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

That's Dr. Salaita to you bud.

LastWord wrote on October 15, 2014 at 1:10 am


Sorry, in the real world fake Ph.D.'s are not being recognized. A phony PhD conferred by racist crook Robert Warrior on racist hater Salaita is about as esteemable as a "making my bones" Mafia ceremony. 

Take your snake oil-selling fellow "doctors", go away, and check in about a decade or two to see whether you've been missed at all. 


annabellissimo wrote on October 15, 2014 at 1:10 am

I hope that those who support Phyllis Wise will do so in public, vocally and emphatically. She is really "taking it on the chin" while these hyperbolic gasbags keep trying to stoke the flames with their "we're so afraid...it's a major catastrophic event..." Oh, the horror! declarations. They distort the facts about Steven Salaita and then foment trouble based on their own distortions! What THEY are doing to our university is despicable and they seem perfectly willing to destroy it for their own bizarre agendas. The University needs to stop putting Phyllis Wise out there to receive the slings and arrows from these bullying blowhards. Look at her face in that photo where Eric McDuffie is speaking. These people who lined up to take their punches at Wise and the University seem happy to act towards women the way far too many of their middle Eastern "colleagues" do, including Mr. Salaita's beloved Palestinians - people who seem to have little regard for - oh, what is that word? EDUCATION!! The University mishandled this job offer, but Salaita should never have been offered the job in the first place and should certainly NOT be hired under extortionary terms! The University (i.e. lllinois taxpayers) will pay the price for this mistake, but Salaita does not belong on this campus. As for those threatening bullies who are plotting to harm the University's reputation - to work to "censure" it by the AAUP if they don't get their way? Let them leave and free up those positions for Ph.D's who would love to have them. There are plenty of legitimate scholars who love and respect the University of Illinois and who also love and respect genuine academic freedom. There are plenty of intelligent people who see through this whole contrived ruse of Salaita as victim and phony “fear and catastrophe” from this debacle. The whole thing reeks of fish: he was offered the job (no contract) in October 2013. HE asked that his start be delayed until summer of 2014, rather than January 2014. Yet he and his wife resigned their Virginia Tech jobs in late 2013 (no UIUC contract) even with the August 2014 delayed start date HE requested. When the news about the job offer to Salaita being rescinded became public information in August 2014, Salaita himself said he and his wife had only just signed paperwork for a condo (late summer 2014 – no UIUC contract). His “Tweets” with obscene language advocating violence against Israeli Jews (“Zionists”) didn’t occur until mid-summer of 2014 (although his views could have been easily discovered by a simple Google search, had the University done any legitimate due diligence BEFORE offering him a job. ) The fact is, Salaita should never been offered the job in the first place. His credentials do not line up with the posted job description and his writings, no matter the ostensible subject, all end up being always in service of his pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli “Zionist” views, about right of return, about return of lands (Palestinian, American Indian) and always expressing single-minded hatred for Israeli Jews, “Zionists.” The student evaluations from University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and Virginia Tech seem to reflect a professor without rigor and are mostly about him being “easy” and usually “ending class early.” It seems obvious that Salaita was seeking a platform, along with Robert Warrior, for their boycott Israel and return of (Palestinian and American Indian lands) agendas and using a UIUC program to accomplish that. Well, it appears that Salaita and Warrior have that platform now, and a very vocal group of followers, even without the job and Salaita has a nice lecture circuit going on as a result of being a “victim” and Warrior now has a protected job in perpetuity (“Retaliation! Retaliation!”) regardless of whether there are any students or any reason for that position, and Rosenstock and all the other melodramatic pseudo-scholars (that guy teaches religion?? Really?) have their own little pedestal to spout nonsense. Meanwhile, a fine university has to deal with a State General Assembly that has no clue about what their fiscal mismanagement has done to this academic jewel and the University is dealing with enrollment (translation: tuition – revenue..see General Assembly above) issues and now these people who should be grateful to have such jobs at such a place can only stamp their little feet and weep and wail and keen on about how afraid they are and how bad things are and how they will most willingly do all they can to harm the University of Illinois. And for what? Steven Salaita? For the Palestinians? For what, really? If Mr. Salaita is so desirable, let Virginia Tech “re-instate” him; THAT is where he actually had a job, a tenured position. He never had a real job at UIUC; he was never an employee of UIUC. Why hasn’t Virginia Tech risen up in high dudgeon over the “horrible treatment” and violation of all that is holy in academe around this Salaita fiasco? Only those with their own agendas have done so and they are using – and abusing – the University of Illinois in the process. To them I say: Grow up and while you’re at it, try honesty and integrity every so often.

mstook423 wrote on October 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

I thought this was the annual faculty meeting, not a student protest!


Rocky7 wrote on October 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

You must understand that in some of those departments it is hard to tell the difference.

FungibleChairs wrote on October 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm

The News-Gazette continues to downplay the seriousness of this issue. UIUC faculty "air their grevieances" along with: 

More than 6000 academics who are boycotting the university until Salaita is reinstated

19,000 individuals who have signed a petition requesting that Salaita be reinstated 

16 academic units that have voted no confidence in the chancellor BOT

And many scholarly organizations have sent strongly worded statements of disapproval to the chancellor and BOT including:

• American Associate of University Professors

• Modern Language Association

• American Studies Association

• American Historical Association

• American Comparative Literature Association

• American Anthropological Association

• American Political Science Association

Lots of thoughtful people who have dedicated their lives to pursuing research and truth are deeply concerned about what’s happening at UIUC. Who's defending UIUC? Read the comments section in the News Gazette to this article alone and you get a pretty good idea of the quality of thinking of these individuals. UIUC, if that’s who you've got defending your “integrity” then you’re in big trouble.

Helen111 wrote on October 17, 2014 at 1:10 am



If those 6000 "academics" are of the same academic caliber as "Dr." Salaita and "Dr." Warrior, their boycotting the university is a BONUS in this situation. Let's hope there will be 60,000 of them, soon. We don't need riff-raff and convicted felons in our relatively peaceful town. What a great way to keep them out.

There is nothing "thoughtful" about a lynch mob. There is no strength in empty numbers, only in demonstrable worth and in reasoned thought.

Of those qualities, the lynch mob assembled by the parasitic ANTI-humanity departments against Chancellor Wise shows NONE. 

As for "quality of thinking", one has to remark that nobody addressed the content of Salaita's despicable discourses - having NOTHING to do with reasoned "criticism of . . ." yet everything to do with personal, serious, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE threats against students who may think and feel differently than this self-appointed Hamas ambassador does. 

I suspect FungibleChairs is yet another worthless tenured parasite who, unable to create anything, unable to think, attempts to validate herself by attacking her incomparable betters.

What she doesn't understand is that, with the parasitic departments' mafioso attack on the university which feeds them, the lynch mobsters have awoken a sleeping giant. The raison d'etre of their own departments will be, will HAVE to be checked, reassessed and, in many cases, invalidated.

It couldn't happen to nicer persons, in fact.

Perhaps the likes of Cowardly Warrior and the other disgruntled mediocrities would like to establish a separate college, led by their anti-Semitic Moses, "Dr. Salaita". Complete freedom of speech, when it comes to asking for the mass-murder of those pesky Jews. The ONLY "freedom of speech" these professional Stalinist censors care about.

Good luck with that! Meantime, get lost.



LastWord wrote on October 17, 2014 at 1:10 am


Yes, legally speaking tenure is important but it is not a suicide pact.

The University, the Board of Trustees should look into the "financial exigency" provisions regarding how the truly toxic department leaders - the likes of Warrior, Sanders, the radical Pakistani guy, etc. - could be gotten rid of. Al Capone got busted on tax issues, not on his real crimes. This should be an example to the Board of Trustees - get rid of the poisons, even if it's not for the main reasons. ANY anti-humanity department which is in the red - PUNISH them.

When it comes to legal precedent having to do with potential involvement with radical organizations, look up info about Sami al-Arian.


There must be at least some faculty which fits the profile.

... There are lots of legal loopholes that can and should be used. No use to keep a bunch of unhappy jihadist angels - as some of them seem to be, or at a minimum to support the likes of them - on their overpaid sinecures. Time to help them look for greener academic (im)pastures. Quickly.

Of course, some legally illiterate b*stards always dream of million dollar settlements but in fact, with a relatively uncostly severance package, these human poisons - who try to strangle the entire university while asking for forever more money - could be easily sent on their way, given really competent legal footwork which the university can provide. The Law School commendably took Chancellor Wise's side, together with all the departments who are in fact productive and prestigious.

Tenure doesn't mean being immune from trying to literally harm the school and its students. The violators of academic and colegial standards need to taste some of their own medicine. 

The mindless b*stards took their dull knives out. Time to gift them to some other schools, foolish enough to hire the Ebola Departments luminaries. IF there are any of the sort left.





Rocky7 wrote on October 17, 2014 at 3:10 am


"Lastword" summarized the feelings of many of us and I vote we let him/her have the "Last Word" on this discusion and bring it to a permanent close.