The faculty members come from across the state, including secular and religious institutions. The action by these profs follows support for Comer from Babara Forrest, the presenter of that talk.
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Several biology professors have signed a letter [PDF] supporting Chris Comer. Comer recently resigned as Texas' director of science education, purportedly under duress resulting from her advertisement of a talk on evolution. The letter says in part that the state has a "duty to keep intelligent design out of public school science classes."