As the firing of Associate Professor Steven Salaita becomes one of the most widely covered education stories of the year, the Washington Post has also referenced the Illinois Conference of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
This is the excerpt from the article:
The Illinois chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)Â posted a statementÂ to its blog defending the professor:
Reports that the university has voided a job offer, if accurate, due to tweets on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would be a clear violation of Professor Salaitaâ€™s academic freedom and an affront to free speech that we enjoy in this country.
Professor Salaita resigned his position at Virginia Tech and was about to assume his Â new appointment at the University of Illinois. We stand by the appointment and by Professor Salaita and defend his right to engage in extramural utterances.
Contact for ILL AAUP: Peter N. Kirstein, email@example.com