Monday, August 24, 2015

University of Illinois Executive Officers and the Salaita Case: Administrators Actually Critizing the University's Leadership

At the University of Illinois, a number of Directors, Chairs and Department Heads have signed a letter calling for the reinstatement of Steven Salaita. In addition, this group of executive officers also issued a press release that quotes Michael Rotherberg, English Department Head as saying “The Salaita case has become an international symbol for the precariousness of academic freedom and shared governance in the contemporary university.” Here is the letter:

Here's the accompanying press release:

This is how academics at one Illinois public university treat their public and institutional responsibilities. Particularly interesting are their comments on public scandal, the university's academic reputation, and pending litigation. Do you think we would see this kind of activity here at Chicago State? For a more complete account of this story with links to several documents see:

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