Wise expects U of Illinois to face censure over Salaita

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The chancellor at the University of Illinois’ flagship campus says she expects the campus to be censured by the American Association of University Professors over the decision not to hire a professor following his anti-Israel Twitter messages. But Phyllis Wise says in university documents obtained by The News-Gazette in Champaign that she hopes to be able to convince the AAUP to undo that reprimand as quickly as possible. A committee of the influential group plans to decide Saturday whether to recommend that the Urbana-Champaign campus be censured over its decision not to hire Steven Salaita. If that recommendation is made AAUP members would vote in June. An AAUP censure can damage a university’s reputation. The university rescinded Salaita’s job offer over his tweets. He has since sued the university.