United Faculty of Florida, University of Florida Chapter, stands with other faculty, unions, professional organizations, and the AAUP* in protesting the decision of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise to rescind the offer of a tenured faculty position to Professor Steven Salaita.
Professor Salaita was offered the position in American Indian Studies in October 2013 following a national search and peer evaluation of his scholarship. The administration’s action to rescind the offer in August 2014, after Prof. Salaita had resigned his tenured position at Virginia Tech, and just days before his classes were set to begin at UIUC, sets a dangerous precedent. This last-minute decision by Chancellor Wise to overturn the judgment of the hiring committee has never been explained. It is at the very least a violation of due process and the principles of shared governance.