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Salaita By the Numbers: 5 Cancelled Lectures, 3 Votes of No Confidence, 3849 Boycotters, and 1 NYT Article (Updated Thrice)

The New York Times has weighed in with a strong piece on the Salaita affair. This is significant for two reasons. First, while we in academia and on social media or the blogosphere have been debating and pushing this story for weeks, it hasn’t really broken into the mainstream. 2,713 more words

Education

Discussing the Steven Salaita Case in Our Classrooms

If you want to engage your students in a thoughtful debate about public discourse in the age of Facebook and Twitter, you can of course use the ten or twelve excellent posts that John K. 453 more words

Faculty

AAUP: University of Illinois On Notice for Academic Freedom Violations

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has released a powerful letter addressed to Chancellor Phyllis Wise regarding Steven’s case. In it, Associate Secretary Anita Levy articulates the facts of the case and connects them to other important cases of academic freedom violations and employment. 249 more words

News Updates

AAUP Takes UIUC to Task for Apparent Summary Dismissal

The AAUP today wrote to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise to express deep concern about actions taken against professor Steven Salaita. “Aborting an appointment in this manner without having demonstrated cause has consistently been seen by the AAUP as 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,” the letter says, adding that Salaita should receive full pay until the university’s Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which has initiated an examination of the case, has concluded its proceedings. 13 more words

Faculty

California Reverses Ruling on Abortion Rights at Catholic Universities

In a major victory for faculty and staff and for reproductive rights more generally, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has reversed a previous decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, declaring that state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortions.  1,073 more words

Faculty

A Response to "Shared Governance and the Salaita Case"

By Nicholas Burbules, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I want to thank Mr. Wilson for sending us his posting on “Shared Governance and the Salaita Case… 701 more words

Academic Freedom

Shared Governance and the Salaita Case

I spoke on a podcast, This Week at InsideHigherEd, about the Salaita case, along with former Barnard president Judith Shapiro, who argued that the Salaita case indicated the need for more shared governance. 1,037 more words

Academic Freedom