American Association of University Professors at The University of Texas at Austin. Twitter. Join AAUP.

Please contact Brian Evans if you are interested in advocating for academic freedom, tenure and other higher ed values in Texas.

Our advocacy is amplified by teaming with Texas AAUP, AAUP , Texas AFT, AFT, TACT, TFA, and other orgs.

AAUP@UT members are speaking for themselves as private citizens and not on behalf of any group, institution or organization.

Advocacy Training for Op-Eds, Social Media Posts, Talking Points, and Meeting Legislators

Updated March 26, 2023.

Advocacy is telling your story. For advocacy on academic freedom, tenure, and other higher ed values, tell your story about why you are passionate about teaching, research, and/or service. How has the academic freedom from censorship by the institution or government fostered intellectual exploration and critical thinking skills in the students you’ve taught and those you’ve worked with in research? Any moments of “light bulbs” turning on for students? Any stories of supporting students during the pandemic? Any stories of alumni? What other ways have your teaching, research, and service benefitted Texans and Texas? How has your discipline benefitted Texans and Texas? Please tell your story in way the general public can understand.

Our Texas Legislature Higher Ed Bill Tracker lists the bills supportive of academic freedom, tenure and other higher ed values and those that aren’t. The Texas AAUP Conference has been advocating at the State Legislature with the Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Texas Faculty Association, Texas Association of College Teachers, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We have now met with all 11 members of the House Higher Education Committee as well as 22 other State Legislators or their staff.

Below is contact info for Texas AAUP members and other resources that can help you in writing op-eds, social media posts, and talking points, as well as meeting Legislators. Here are the Higher Ed Bills filed in the Texas Legislature being tracked by the Texas AAUP Conference. Here are one-page handouts on the impact of banning teaching of critical race theory, diversity equity & inclusion, and tenure. And here is an Analysis of SB 16, 17 & 18 to ban teaching of critical race theory, ban diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and eliminate tenure.

Organize with your colleagues

Op-ed resources, blogs, and social media posts:

General Legislative advocacy training

Talking points and white papers

Meet Legislators

Testifying at the Texas Legislature

National AAUP statements on related issues:

Receive news about education issues at the State Capitol:

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