U of Illinois faculty: Reconsider professor's job

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 23, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.



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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A committee of University of Illinois faculty members recommends that the school reconsider its decision to rescind a job offer to a Native American studies professor.

The committee was asked to review Steven Salaita's situation. He was offered a job earlier this year at the Urbana-Champaign campus but had the offer rescinded after he wrote a series of profane, anti-Israel Twitter messages.

The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/1sUZoIj ) reported Tuesday that the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure wrote in the recently released report that it does not believe Salaita's messages made him unfit to teach.

Campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise says she'll review the report with other campus leaders.

An attorney for Salaita, Maria LaHood, says he continues to hope the university will hire him. He has threatened a lawsuit.

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