Prof. Salita Hired In Lebanon After Losing U of I Job Offer

July 02, 2015
 
Steve Salaita, who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of profane Twitter messages that critics deemed anti-Semitic, speaks to students and reporters during a news conference at the University of Illinois last September.

Steve Salaita, who lost a job offer from the University of Illinois over dozens of profane Twitter messages that critics deemed anti-Semitic, speaks to students and reporters during a news conference at the University of Illinois YMCA on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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The university offered him a job starting in fall 2014 but just before he was to begin work the school rescinded the offer citing a series of sometimes profane tweets about Israel.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.

Story source: AP