Texas Association of College Teachers

By: Alice Calkins Evett

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: September 1, 1995

The Texas Association of College Teachers was organized in November 1948 as the College Classroom Teachers Association, a section of the Texas State Teachers Association. Sam B. Barton of North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas) was the first president, serving from 1948 to 1950. To coordinate more effectively the association's growing program, a state office with an executive secretary was established in Austin in 1953. In 1956 the association adopted a new constitution, voting complete organizational autonomy from the Texas State Teachers Association and becoming the Texas Association of College Teachers. TACT is a grassroots nonprofit composed of local units or chapters located in the state-supported colleges and universities. The purpose of the association as stated in its constitution is to develop programs to assist in attaining a first-class system of higher education in Texas, and to strive for the highest personal standards of teaching, scholarship, and research. TACT was largely instrumental in obtaining fringe benefits for college and university teachers, and in establishing a coordinating agency for state higher education. It continues to work for improved salaries and carries on research projects of concern to faculty personnel, providing information to help clarify the needs of higher education in Texas. In addition to faculty members, it works with college administrators, boards of regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, legislators, key public officials, organizations interested in the progress of Texas education, and the general public. The association is governed by an elected state executive board (composed of a president and ten other officers) and a house of delegates (an annual group made up of representatives from each chapter, who meet each fall and spring to set policy). The TACT Quarterly Bulletin is published by the state office in Austin. The association had about 1,300 members in thirty-four chapters in 1994–95; at that time Faye Thames of Lamar University was president.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Alice Calkins Evett, “Texas Association of College Teachers,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/texas-association-of-college-teachers.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995