On October 3-4, 2022, dozens of tenure-track faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will advise their students that the teaching done on those days, based on their normal curriculum, may be interpreted as being in violation of Tennessee Public Chapter 818. Chapter president, Todd Freeberg and Chapter communications director, Donna Braquet were on the public panel discussion of the law, its history, and impact on Monday, October 3rd, from 5:30-7:30pm in Room 272B of the Student Union on the UT Campus.
Many thanks to all who attended our spring event last week. More than 60 were in attendance!! We were thrilled to have a well-informed speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, discuss concerns of the Tennessee “divisive concepts” bill that is awaiting Governor Lee’s signature. If you missed the event or would like to re-watch, the recording is now available.
Dear Chancellor Plowman and Provost Zomchick: As we are sure you are aware, the Tennessee General Assembly is in the process of passing a law that will greatly impact our ability to teach courses, topics, and issues necessary to educate our students. We believe our students seek the rigor and challenge of courses from our R1, flagship, land-grant institution because our curriculum not only prepares them for successful careers, but also offers them an expanded understanding of the world in which they live. Bills like SB2290/HB2670 will have a severe chilling effect on what is taught and discussed in the classroom. The bill allows for… Read More »Request to Chancellor and Provost to Speak Out Against “Divisive Concepts” Bills
Dear Chancellor Plowman, We are the executive committee of the UTK Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). We write to seek clarification for some of the remarks President Randy Boyd made at the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees Meeting on April 24, 2020. In briefing board members about UT’s response to Covid-19, President Boyd lauded the hard work of the UT community during the transition to online learning. President Boyd correctly recognized that all UTK professors have been working tirelessly to engage with and educate our students online. We also note that the UT administration has thus far done an excellent… Read More »Letter to Chancellor Plowman regarding Faculty control of Teaching Modality