• Petitioned Texas A&M University at San Antonio

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Texas A&M University at San Antonio

Reinstate Fired Adjunct Professor Sissy Bradford

    1. Matthew Williams
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Williams

      Clinton, OH

The majority of college faculty on American college and university campuses work from term-to-term with little or no job security. They teach for poverty wages and often without access to basic benefits such as access to health insurance. These highly educated, hard-working professionals are paid a small fraction of what their tenure track colleagues earn. The lack of job security and access to a living wage and health benefits negatively impacts student educational outcomes, as many adjuncts work at two, three, or four universities teaching unbelievable course loads just to make ends meet.

Colleges and universities claim that they need "flexibility" in scheduling the work of adjunct faculty, yet this claim is not supported by the realities of college enrollment. Adjuncts have become expendable cogs in a massive educational machine, and colleges and universities routinely terminate the services of adjuncts who dare say anything with which their employers disagree. This is what happened with Sissy Bradford, an outstanding adjunct at Texas A&M University at San Antonio who was fired for publicly questioning the university's handling of threats against her life and safety when she openly challenged the use of religious symbols on university architecture. Texas A&M is a publicly funded university.

Sissy Bradford, who possesses outstanding teacher evaluations and had been offered to teach four courses next fall, was informed by the university that she would not be teaching those courses on the very day that she went public in the local newspaper with criticisms of the university's handling of the threats against her life and safety. The university is claiming that there is no relationship between the two events, but it has not provided a satisfactory explanation as to why she was offered the courses and then subsequently withdrew the offer.

Adjunct faculty know why! It's because she dared to speak up and voice an opinion that was contrary to her employer's interest.

Now it's your turn to speak up for Sissy Bradford and tell Texas A&M University at San Antonio that retaliating against adjunct faculty is unacceptable. It sets a terrible example for students, and it's a violation of Professor Bradford's fundamental right to free speech and expression. Tell Texas A&M University at San Antonio to respect the rights of ALL faculty, including adjunct faculty.

Learn more about this story at Inside Higher Ed.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. New Faculty Majority Requests that You Sign this Petition

      Matthew Williams
      Petition Organizer

      New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct & Contingent Equity is lending its support to this petition. Members of New Faculty Majority are encouraged to sign the petition and to publicize the petition as well as to adopt other appropriate means of supporting Professor Bradford while condemning her dismissal from Texas A&M University at San Antonio.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Denise Holmes PLAIN CITY, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because Sissy Bradford was correct about what she did. It takes more courage to stand up against what is wrong than it does to "kow-tow" to implied masters.

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    • Clem Parker SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Hands down the best teacher ive ever had!!!! I think that would be enough of a reason right. Most of the other teachers here cant even keep up with her. I dare you to compare!!!! It probably upsets others that think they are better. She gets every student in her class into the class itself. Its also not just a blow off class, you actually learn things and she is very good at makeing you see the world from a different perspective. That is one of the best qualities about the way she teachs. It would be a shame to let her go! She should have tenure, not these other teachers!

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    • Esmeralda Gomez SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      professor bradford is by far the best professor that i have had during my college experience i have learned so much about criminology in so many ways while other professors just see you as notthing she saw you as wonderful student that will teach her teachings in some way great all around professor and needs to be reinstated.

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    • Larry Botello SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Professor Bradford is a great professor during my last 2 semesters at tamusa i took her twice and learned so much from her class i have to honestly say i learned the most in her classes and it's a shame that just cause she spoke her mind this happened instead of worrying about that the focus should be on the positive influence she has had in my learning as well as other bring professor bradford back.

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    • Barry Lynn CHEVY CHASE, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Long form radio interview with her at www.cultureshocks.com.

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