Prof. Salita Hired In Lebanon After Losing U of I Job Offer
The American University of Beirut says it has hired a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages led the University of Illinois to rescind a job offer.
American University spokeswoman Maha Al-Azar said in an email Thursday that Steven Salaita will be the university's Edward Said Chair in American Studies.
She says Salaita has a one-year appointment and will start Sept. 2. His salary was not available.
Salaita did not respond to a request for comment but posted on Twitter that he has missed teaching. He's is suing the University of Illinois.
The university offered him a job starting in fall 2014 but just before he was to begin work the school rescinded the offer citing a series of sometimes profane tweets about Israel.
Some university donors complained the tweets were anti-Semitic.