Academic Freedom is at the core of the AAUP mission.
In February of 2023, the 88th Texas Legislature's session is considering several bills detrimental to higher education, including elimination of tenure and escalating attacks on equity, diversity, and inclusion on our college campuses. Efforts to ensure that faculty are able to provide equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning and research environments are being portrayed as discriminatory and divisive rather than necessary for our university to perform its core educational and research missions on behalf of the people of Texas. Our AAUP chapter strongly supports protecting academic freedom and faculty governance, for which continued progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus is essential.
In February of 2022 freedom of speech came under attack in TX and our colleagues from University of TX at Austin asked for our support in their defense. TX State AAUP Conference issued resolutions on Academic Freedom immediately.
TTU AAUP Chapter sent a letter of support on behalf of our colleagues at UT Austin and our joint mission to protect academic freedom in TX.
AAUP & AFT
American Associatino of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers joint forces in March of 2022 in a historic affiliation: