Re: [asa] University Denies Tenure to Intelligent Design Theorist

From: gordon brown <gbrown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sun May 13 2007 - 20:19:30 EDT

Is there any information as to the level at which Prof. Gonzalez's case
was decided? Was he supported by his department only to be turned down by
a committee of people not in his field?

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395

On Sun, 13 May 2007, (Matthew) Yew Hock Tan wrote:

> Iowa State Professor Who Was Denied Tenure Exceeds Department's Tenure Standard by 350%
> John West
> So just why was gifted astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez at Iowa State University denied tenure? Certainly not because he hasn't fulfilled his university's tenure standards for excellence in research. According to his own department's standards, to be promoted to associate professor (with tenure),
> excellence sufficient to lead to a national or international reputation is required and would ordinarily be shown by the publication of approximately fifteen papers of good quality in refereed journals. So how many refereed articles has Gonzalez published? Ten? Twelve? Fifteen? Twenty? Actually, he has published 68 articles in refereed journals, thus exceeding his own department's normal standard for research excellence by 350%! (Unfortunately, the Ames Tribune story about the denial of tenure to Gonzalez wrongly reports that this standard is a "minimum" requirement for tenure in his department. In fact, it is offered as the usual and ordinary benchmark for meeting his university's research excellence standard.)
> Since Gonzalez clearly far exceeded his university's stated standard for research, the question again arises: Why was he denied tenure? It seems obvious that it was due to ideological bias against intelligent design--which has been on clear display at Iowa State during the past few years, as Gonzalez has been publicly attacked and demonized by faculty colleagues for his support of ID.
> Iowa State University Denies Tenure to Noted Scientist Who Supports Intelligent Design
> John West
> Iowa State University has denied tenure to astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet, which presents powerful scientific evidence for the intelligent design of the universe. You can read about the situation in today's Ames Tribune here.
> This is a very sad day for academic freedom. Dr. Gonzalez is a superb scholar and a fine human being. His research has been featured in Scientific American, Science, Nature, and many other science journals. Iowa State's decision to deny him tenure is a travesty, and the university should be held to account for its action. This deserves to be an even bigger story than the persecution of evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg at the Smithsonian.
> Ironically, Dr. Gonzalez arrived in America as a child refugee from Castro's Cuba. Unfortunately, he seems to have discovered that the Darwinist ideologues in America's universities can be nearly as unforgiving as the Marxist ideologues of his home country.
> Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.
> Matthew Tan Yew Hock
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