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Andrew Smith

Tennessee Tech University

Andrew Smith is a tenured professor in the Department of English at Tennessee Technological University (TTU or Tennessee Tech). According to Smith’s university biography, he organizes guest speakers, social events, field trips, and service-learning projects, while promoting activism in the community.

Professor Smith, along with fellow TTU Professor Julia Gruber, attacked TPUSA students at TTU and the chapter’s advisor, TTU Professor Andrew Donadio. Through misleading and misinformed flyers he posted around the TTU campus, Professor Smith accused the TPUSA chapter of harassing, and terrorizing “persons of color, feminists, liberals, and teachers.”



In an appearance on The Rude Pundit podcast, Smith admits to creating the flyers. Smith further states that he accused Professor Donadio and the students in the TPUSA chapter of being racist.



In the same interview, Smith discusses how he teaches anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement to his class, “Martin Luther King Jr.: The Theology and Rhetoric of Nonviolent Social Change.” Smith details how he separates his class by race in order to teach his white students about racism.


TPUSA Founder and CEO Charlie Kirk responded to the smears made by Professors Gruber and Smith on the TPUSA LIVE Feed. Professor Donadio and the Chapter President of TPUSA at TTU appeared on Fox News to discuss the incident. The clip may be viewed below.



Professor Julia Gruber’s profile on the Professor Watchlist may be viewed here.

The Professor Watchlist team reached out to Professor Smith for comment but has not received a reply by the time of publication.



Dr. Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith have filed a lawsuit against Tennessee Tech University. In the suit–filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee–both allege that TTU has infringed upon their freedom of speech and seek to remove any disciplinary action the university has placed against them.


Parents and Students may contact Tennessee Technological University at (931) 372-3101


Updated – October 19, 2021

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