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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

And Another One’s Gone: U of Illinois Provost Resigns

University of Illinois Provost Ilesanmi Adesida will be resigning his position next week and returning to his faculty position in the College of Engineering. No reason was given in the … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

NLRB Rejects Northwestern Football Players and the Right to Unionize

This morning, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling overturning a decision last year by a Chicago district official that had supported the right of Northwestern’s football players to … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

University of Illinois Trustees Reject $400,000 Payout for Wise

This afternoon, the University of Illinois trustees’ Executive Committee voted to reject Phyllis Wise’s negotiated settlement and $400,000 payout to resign last week, effective today. The Executive Committee is made up … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Ironies of the Salaita Case

Northwestern law professor Steven Lubet has an op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune with the headline, “The writing is on the wall, U. of I.: Offer controversial scholar Steven Salaita a … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 12 Comments

The Revelations in Phyllis Wise’s Emails

What are the most important revelations in Phyllis Wise’s secret personal emails that were uncovered on Friday? Perhaps the key fact is that these emails existed at all. Using a personal … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · 36 Comments

Phyllis Wise Used Personal Email Account to Conceal Salaita Discussions

The sudden resignation yesterday by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise now has a clear explanation: the U of I announced today that Wise and other administrator were … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 5 Comments

Bubble Fantasies: Dancing on the Empty Grave of Academia

The National Review’s Phi Beta Cons blog has yet another entry in its seeming endless series of posts predicting the imminent doom of academia. Like the world’s worst psychics, the … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Nelson Is Wrong about Salaita

Cary Nelson has an essay at InsideHigherEd today (along with Michael Rothberg) on the Salaita case. Here’s my comment on Nelson’s piece. First, I must note that absolutely nothing in … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

No Special Treatment for Political Activists of any Stripe

AcademeBlog invited Jay Schalin, Director of Policy Analysis at The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to respond to a critique by John K. Wilson of Schalin’s essay … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Decline of the Conservative Mind

These are dark days for conservatives: 7 years of President Obama, gay marriage spreading across the land, health insurance coverage growing every day, and a collection of mediocre Republican candidates … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

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