URBANA, IL - The University of Illinois is wrestling with a controversy over a professor's withdrawn job offer.
The administration recently rescinded a job offer to an English professor named Steven Salaita to join the university's American Indian Studies program. Salaita had used Twitter to hatefully and profanely denounce Israel during its conflict with the Palestinians.
Emails released by the university show that dozens of students, parents and donors demanded Chancellor Phyllis Wise not hire Salaita. On August 1st the offer was pulled back. Wise said Salaita's hiring hadn't yet been approved by the board of trustees.
Salaita now isn't talking. But his supporters say his academic freedom was violated. They say he was essentially hired and deserved the protection tenured professors are granted.