Re: [asa] Muggings and the tenure process

From: PvM <>
Date: Tue May 15 2007 - 01:02:15 EDT

Iowa State responds

Dr. Gonzalez was evaluated for tenure and promotion to associate
professor by the tenured faculty in the Department of Physics and
Astronomy. That evaluation was based on an assessment of the
excellence of his teaching, service, scholarly research publications
and research funding in astronomy, using standards and expectations
set by the department faculty. The consensus of the tenured department
faculty, the department chair, the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, the dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the executive
vice president and provost was that tenure should not be granted.
Based on recommendations against granting tenure and promotion at
every prior level of review, and his own review of the record,
President Gregory Geoffroy notified Gonzalez in April that he would
not be granted tenure and promotion to associate professor.

Full article at

On 5/14/07, Rich Blinne <> wrote:
> On May 14, 2007, at 9:47 PM, PvM wrote:
> The problem as I see it is that the DI is inflating Gonzalez's record
> and is not doing them any service by such an approach. It's too easily
> shot down. Understate his record and you have always room to maneuver
> more.
> Also by mentioning his accomplishments, they also have left out
> details as to funding, teaching and how many students Gonzalez has on
> his team.
> I am not sure that Gonzalez is too happy with his friends right now.
> That's why I have tried to do independent research. And I am not sure that
> in this case that it is TDI that is inflating the record. The Ames Tribune
> quotes Gonzalez rather than TDI.
> Gonzalez said he submitted 68, of which 25 have been written since he
> arrived at ISU in 2001.
> My review of his work causes me to conclude that neither of the following
> assessments are true:
> While his work is heralded as "path-breaking" by supporters of intelligent
> design as a way of offering a new theory supporting design in the universe,
> Gonzalez has come under criticism by the mainstream science community for
> incorporating the theory of intelligent design into his work.
> Opponents maintain that proving intelligent causes or agents is not science
> but rather the study of theology and philosophy. Some also have accused
> Gonzalez, an openly non-denominational Protestant, of thrusting religion
> into science.
> So, is his more pedestrian and mainstream academic output worthy of tenure?
> I don't know and I don't think we can know as it has been so enmeshed with
> politics. Like you, I would like to know more about the teaching and grant
> situations and whether opposition came from within or without his
> department.

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