Texas Community College Fires Tenured Faculty Activist

Texas Community College Fires Tenured Faculty Activist 1

Brandon Leung

David M. Smith, shown speaking at a conference in January, plans to challenge his dismissal in court. "I am being fired because I have been the union president and I have been helping colleagues and students with grievances," he says.

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Brandon Leung

David M. Smith, shown speaking at a conference in January, plans to challenge his dismissal in court. "I am being fired because I have been the union president and I have been helping colleagues and students with grievances," he says.

The College of the Mainland, a two-year public college in Texas, has fired a tenured professor who had clashed with its leadership and some of his peers in challenging administrative directives on behalf of other faculty members.

The college's Board of Trustees on Thursday voted, 6 to 0 with one abstention, to fire David Michael Smith, a tenured professor of government, based on accusations that he had been insubordinate and had violated the college's code of conduct in his dealing