Texas A&M University-San Antonio: Professor Dismissed After Publication of Critical Article

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Texas A&M University – San Antonio

On May 16, 2012, hours after an article was printed in which adjunct lecturer Sissy Bradford criticized the university, Bradford was notified by interim School of Arts and Sciences William S. Bush that she was not being offered any courses to teach in for the fall 2012 semester. In February 2012, however, Bradford had been assigned four course sections, and documents including an April 2012 email from Bush confirm that the university had intended that she teach the courses. Bradford had previously criticized the placing of a cross on a tower at the campus entrance, and had expressed concerns about her safety to university officials after receiving angry emails and letters. FIRE is investigating Bradford’s dismissal due to the likelihood that the university unconstitutionally retaliated against her for her expression.