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In higher education, academic freedom lies at the heart of the
free, independent, critical inquiry fundamental to
research, teaching, and expression, including fostering critical
thinking skills in students.
The safeguards for academic freedom include shared governance,
tenure and due process.
I support academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance at
UT Austin through departmental, college, and university service.
I received the
2021 Civitatis Award
from UT President Jay Hartzell for "dedicated and meritorious service to
The University of Texas at Austin above and beyond the regular expectations
of teaching, research and service".
It is the highest service award given by UT Austin to a faculty member.
Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
for 12 years (including 2022-2023) and its chair for 6 years.
In that time, we investigated 48 appeals from faculty due to
tenure, promotion, annual, comprehensive, and mid-probationary review,
and contributed to major changes to processes and procedures for
- Faculty Council Chair (Faculty Senate President) 2019-20.
I coordinated university-wide faculty responses to the COVID-19 pandemic responses;
racial justice, gender equity, and their intersections;
and compensation, working conditions, and access to mental health
services for students, staff, and faculty.
Outside UT Austin, I serve as the
President of the UT Austin AAUP Chapter and
Vice President of the Texas AAUP Conference.
Since its founding in 1915, the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
has been advocating for academic freedom.
AAUP coformulated the seminal
Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure (1940) with university administrations
and Principles of Shared Governance (1966) with university administrations and governing boards.
These Principles have been adopted by more than 900 colleges and universities in the US,
including UT Austin and UT System.