Salaita Express: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Votes No-Confidence

Salaita Fair Treatment Express Swirls Across the Humanities at University of Illinois

This is the statement of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures that expressed no-confidence in the viewpoint-cleansing policy of the administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The wave of no-confidence votes at U.I.U.C. is reaching high tide as faculty unite behind Steven Salaita’s summary dismissal:

“On 4 September 2014, the faculty of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign cast an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Through this vote, we, the faculty of EALC, express our strongest disapproval of Chancellor Wise’s decision to rescind a job offer with tenure in American Indian Studies to Dr. Steven Salaita and the endorsement of that decision by President Easter and the Board of Trustees. In our view, the university administration ignored the well-established and thoroughgoing review process for offering tenured positions at this university and disregarded long-cherished principles of shared governance by failing to consult with the academic leadership involved in the hiring of Dr. Salaita. This decision has serious ramifications for the university’s standing at home and abroad and contributes to an atmosphere of apprehension and insecurity. To prevent further damage to the University of Illinois and its reputation for scholarly excellence and inclusivity, we join other academic departments and faculty bodies across campus in voicing our lack of confidence in the leadership of Chancellor Wise, President Easter, and the Board of Trustees and in calling for the reinstatement of Dr. Salaita.”

Current tally: Eleven Programmes and Departments

American Indian Studies

Asian American Studies

Philosophy

English

History

Latino and Latina Studies

French and Italian

East-Asian Languages and Culture

Comparative and World Literature

Anthropology

Religious Studies

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