Full Text: University of Illinois Letter of Firing to Salaita

The following is typed word-for-word copy from a PDF letter of dismissal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to Professor Salaita. I have excised some of the letterhead and the addresses at the bottom. Note, no reason is given for such a shattering letter for an academician to receive. Note, not one word of commiseration or affect appears. I wonder what ethical lapses could induce such a letter without demonstrating adequate cause, without allowing due process, and convening an adversarial hearing before one’s peers. This is simply a cold and calculated effort to purge, due to viewpoint discrimination, a professor for the purpose of stability and academic law and order on the UIUC campus.

As I have written elsewhere, I believe it is highly probative that the Board of Trustees meeting would not have occurred until AFTER Professor Salaita had assumed the full powers and duties of his appointment. It looks like UIUC knew this and took this action in a preemptive and indefensible manner.

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

377 Henry Administration Building

506 South Wright Street

Urbana, Il. 61801

Christophe Pierre

Vice President

August 1, 2014


Professor Steven Salaita

via e-mail: salaita@vt.edu


Dept. of English MC 0112

180 Turner Street, NW

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Dear Professor Salaita,

As you are aware, on October 3, 2013, Brian H, Ross, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wrote to you to inform you that Professor Jodi Byrd, Acting Director of American Indian Studies, had recommended you for a position on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As Dean Ross’ letter later stated: “The recommendation for appointments is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.”

We write to inform you that your appointment will not be recommended for submission to the Board of Trustees in September, and we believe that an affirmative Board vote approving your appointment is unlikely. We therefore will not be in a position to appoint you to the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We write to you today so that you would be aware of this fact and would be able to act accordingly.

Thank you for your interest in and consideration of the University of Illinois.


Christophe Pierre                                                      Phyllis M. Wise

Vice President for Academic Affairs                      Chancellor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (this appears under “Chancellor” in the letter of termination.)

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