Chronicle of Higher Education Links Kirstein Blog Posts on Salaita

Nick DeSantis wrote an article, “Scholars Sound Alarms About Being Judged on Their Civility” that appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It surveys commentary on the tenure-travesty dismissal of Steven G. Salaita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This is the excerpt from the article that links some of my recent commentary on Salaita:

Peter N. Kirstein, a professor of history at St. Xavier University, has also posted several items about the controversy. His posts can be found here, here, and here.

The Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure wrote a supportive statement within hours of the InsideHigherEd article that broke the story of the Salaita firing. One of our seminal points is that extramural utterances that are controversial cannot be used to assess teaching unless there is prima facie evidence of “fitness” being compromised. Also the entirety of a professor’s work needs to be assessed. Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chose to ignore, in an egregious manner, AAUP guidelines on academic freedom, sanctions and shared governance.

Other members of the Illinois Committee A are Professors Walter Kendall, John Marshall Law School, Loretta Capeheart, Northeastern Illinois University and Iymen Chehade, Columbia College. John Wilson also serves on the committee and is cited in the DeSantis piece.

contact: kirstein@sxu.edu

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