The American Anthropological Association recently sent a letter (140904 AAA_Officers_Ltr_Wise_re_Salaita) to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, asking her to do her utmost to repair the hiring process that was breached when the university rescinded an offer of employment extended to and accepted by Dr. Stephen Salaita last October. The AAA normally does not interfere with individual hiring, promotion, or tenure decisions. However, in this case, it appears that significant weight was accorded to factors other than scholarly merit, teaching excellence, and community service, and AAA does indeed speak out when it appears that factors other than academic excellence appear to have been applied.
One can read more about the case here:
And one can see additional letters written by some of our sister societies here: