Steven Salaita Will Get $5,000 From AAUP’s Academic Freedom Fund

October 14, 2014 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 14th, 2014

The American Association of University Professors Foundation will give $5,000 to Steven G. Salaita, who was offered a professorship by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but then saw it revoked after he wrote tweets critical of Israel. The money comes from the foundation’s Academic Freedom Fund, which provides “temporary financial aid” to “faculty members whose means of support are reduced or cut off because of their involvement in academic-freedom controversies.”

Mr. Salaita has threatened to sue the university, which formalized the revocation of his job offer when the Board of Trustees voted down the appointment, in September. The university’s chancellor, Phyllis M. Wise, had previously opted not to submit Mr. Salaita’s appointment to the board, saying it was unlikely to be approved.

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