Tennessee Tech Professors First Amendment Case Against University Dismissed

Dec 14, 2022 | Political News

A federal judge upheld disciplinary action taken against two professors at Tennessee Tech after they posted fliers around the campus, calling another professor a “racist.” The pair attempted to sue the university but lost the case last week.

Andrew Smith is an English professor and Julia Gruber is a German professor at the university. They created and posted fliers in February 2021 with a picture of Andrew Donadio, an assistant professor of nursing. Donadio is also a member of the Putnam County Commission.

Donadio also acts as faculty advisor for the TTU chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization that “empowers citizens of all ages to Rise Up against the radical left in defense of freedom, free markets, and limited government.” 

The group also produces a “Professor Watchlist” to “expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”