RE: [asa] Muggings and the tenure process

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Wed May 16 2007 - 11:28:43 EDT

No one from the department of physics and astronomy of ISU, Guillermo's department, signed the petition. Moorad
 
 
http://www.biology.iastate.edu/STATEMENT.htm
 

STATEMENT ON INTELLIGENT DESIGN

BY IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY

 

        We, the undersigned faculty members at Iowa State University, reject all attempts to represent Intelligent Design as a scientific endeavor.

 

          Advocates of Intelligent Design claim that the position of our planet and the complexity of particular life forms and processes are such that they may only be explained by the existence of a creator or designer of the universe. However, such claims are premised on (1) the arbitrary selection of features claimed to be engineered by a designer; (2) unverifiable conclusions about the wishes and desires of that designer; and (3) an abandonment by science of methodological naturalism.

 

          Methodological naturalism, the view that natural phenomena can be explained without reference to supernatural beings or events, is the foundation of the natural sciences. The history of science contains many instances where complex natural phenomena were eventually understood only by adherence to methodological naturalism.

 

          Whether one believes in a creator or not, views regarding a supernatural creator are, by their very nature, claims of religious faith, and so not within the scope or abilities of science. We, therefore, urge all faculty members to uphold the integrity of our university of "science and technology," convey to students and the general public the importance of methodological naturalism in science, and reject efforts to portray Intelligent Design as science.

 

 

Mark R. Ackermann

Professor and JG Salsbury Endowed Chair

Department of Veterinary Pathology

 

Dean C. Adams

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Department of Statistics

 

Roger Alexander

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Prof. Robert J. Angelici

Distinguished Professsor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

 

Daniel Ashlock

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Hector Avalos

Associate Professor of

Religious Studies, and

Director of the U.S. Latino/a

Studies Program

 

Ethan R. Badman

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

 

Jeffrey K. Beetham

Associate Professor

Departments of Veterinary

Pathology and Entomology

 

Roger Berger

Professor, emeritus

Industrial and Manufacturing

Systems Engineering

 

Cliff Bergman

Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Terry L. Besser

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

 

Amy Bix

Associate Professor

Department of History

Co-Director, Graduate Program in History of Technology & Science

 

Bryony Bonning

Professor

Department of Entomology

 

Bonnie S. Bowen

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

 

E. Charles Brummer

Associate Professor

Forage Breeding and Genetics

Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding

 

Joseph W. Burnett

Lecturer,

Department of Chemistry

 

C. Lee Burras

Associate Professor

Department of Agronomy

 

Alexander Burstein

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

 

Anson Call

Assistant Professor

Department of Art and Design, Architecture

Bille C. Carlson
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Ames Laboratory

 

Cinzia Cervato

Associate Professor

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

 

Silvia R. Cianzio

Professor

Department of Agronomy

 

Lynn G. Clark

Professor of EEOB and

Director of the Ada Hayden Herbarium

Dept. of EEOB

 

Michael P. Clough

Associate Professor

Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education

 

Joel R. Coats

Professor of Entomology & Toxicology

Department of Entomology

 

Jim Colbert

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Undergraduate Biology Program Coordinator

 

John D. Corbett

Professor of Chemistry

Senior Chemist, Ames Laboratory, DOE

Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts

and Sciences

 

 

Paula J. Curran,

Associate Professor

Department of Art and Design

 

Dennis Dake

Professor

Department of Art and Design

 

Jane Dawson

Senior Lecturer in Geology

Dept. Geological. & Atmospheric Sciences

 

Vinay Dayal

Associate Professor

Department of Aerospace Engineering

 

Dr. Alan A. DiSpirito

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

 

James H. Espenson

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

 

Nancy J. Evans

Professor and Program Co-Coordinator

Higher Education Program

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

 

Steven L. Fales

Professor

Department of Agronomy

 

 

David Fernández-Baca

Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

 

Jan L. Flora

Professor and Community Extension Specialist

Department of Sociology

 

Herbert J. Fromm

Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and

Molecular Biology

 

Douglas A. Gentile

Assistant Professor,

Department of Psychology

 

B.C. Gerstein

Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemistry

 

Jack Girton

Associate professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

 

David M. Gradwohl

Professor Emeritus

Department of Anthropology

 

Sara M. Gregg

Assistant Professor

Department of History

 

William J. Gutowski

Professor

Dept. of Geological and

Atmospheric Sciences, and

Department of Agronomy

 

Richard B. Hall

Professor

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Interdepartmental Genetics Program

Interdepartmental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program

 

Chris Harding

Assistant Professor

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

Virtual Reality Applications Center

Human-Computer Interaction Program

 

Mark S. Hargrove

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics,

and Molecular Biology

 

Thomas Harrington

Professor

Department of Plant Pathology

 

Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Coordinator of the Portuguese Program

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

 

Stan Henning

Assistant Professor

Department of Agronomy

 

Madeleine Henry

Professor of Classical Studies

 

Kristen Hessler

Bioethics outreach coordinator

Office of Biotechnology /

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

 

Matthew G. Hill

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

 

Denise M. Hix

Academic Advisor

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Department of Genetics, Development and Cellular Biology

 

Jim Holtz

Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Department of Genetics, Development and Cellular Biology

 

Jesse Hostetter

Assistant Professor

Department of Veterinary Pathology

College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Gordon Hull

Lecturer,

Department of Philosophy and

Religious Studies

 

Neal R. Iverson

Professor

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

 

Carl Jacobson

Professor

Department of Geological & Atmospheric Sciences

 

Jean-Luc Jannink

Assistant Professor

Small Grains Breeding and Quantitative Genetics

Department of Agronomy

 

Yan-Bin Jia

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Thomas W. Jurik

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

 

April Katz

Associate Professor

Department of Art and Design

 

Fritz Keinert

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Margo Kitts

Lecturer

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

 

Erwin E. Klaas

Professor Emeritus of Animal Ecology

 

Allen Knapp

Associate Professor

Department of Agronomy

 

Elliot Scoville Krafsur

Emeritus Professor of Entomology

 

Dan Krier

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

 

Bill Kunerth

Emeritus Professor of Journalism

 

Gary T. Leavens

Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Howard A. Levine

Distinguished Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Barb Licklider

Professor

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Director, Project LEA/RN

 

Ingrid Lilligren

Associate Professor

Art and Design

 

 

Gustavo MacIntosh

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

 

Barbara M. Mack

Associate Professor

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

 

Roger D. Maddux

Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Surya Mallapragada

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

 

Michael E. Martin

Lecturer

Materials Science and Engineering

 

R. William McCallum

Senior Materials Scientist

Materials and Engineering Physics

Ames Laboratory

 

Morris H. Mericle

Associate Professor Emeritus,

Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Carl Mize

Associate Professor

Department of Natural Resource

Ecology and Management

 

Kirk A. Moloney

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

 

Megan J. Murphy

Assistant Professor

Department of Human Development & Family Studies

 

Alan Myers

Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

 

Ronald K. Myers

Professor Veterinary Pathology

Department of Veterinary Pathology

College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Marit Nilsen-Hamilton

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

 

James H. Oliver

Director, Virtual Reality Applications Center

Director, Graduate Program in Human Computer Interaction

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

 

Joanne Olson

Associate Professor

Center for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Education

 

 

John W. Patterson

Emeritus Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 

James Pease

Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist

Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

Justin R. Peters

Professor and Chair

Department of Mathematics

 

Reuben J. Peters

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics,

and Molecular Biology

 

Carla A. Peterson

Associate Professor

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

 

Clay L. Pierce

Assistant Leader (Fisheries)

Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

 

Barbara Pleasants

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

 

James Pritchard

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management

and Department of Landscape Architecture

 

Jill D. Pruetz

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

 

Jim Raich

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

 

Sue Ravenscroft

Professor

Department of Accounting

College of Business

 

 

Mark W. Rectanus

Professor of German Studies

Director, Languages and Cultures for Professions

 

Peter J. Reilly

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

 

Dirk Reiners

Assistant Professor of Computer

Science and Human-Computer Interaction

 

Carl W. Roberts

Associate Professor

Departments of Statistics and Sociology

 

William S. Robinson

Professor

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

 

John F. Robyt

Professor of Biochemistry

Dept. of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

 

Ann E. Russell

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

Paul Sacks

Professor

Department of Mathematics

 

Ricardo J. Salvador

Associate Professor of Agronomy

Interim Faculty Director, University Honors Program

Director of Graduate Education, Graduate Program in Sustainable

Agriculture

 

Joseph A. Schaefer

Lecturer

Department of Aerospace Engineering

 

Klaus Schmidt-Rohr

Professor

Department of Chemistry

 

Richard C. Schultz

Professor

Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management

 

Taner Z. Sen, PhD
L.H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics
Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology

Dan Shechtman

Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 

Mack C. Shelley, II

Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Director, Research Institute for Studies in Education,

College of Human Sciences

 

William W. Simpkins

Professor of Hydrogeology

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

 

Daniel Sipe

Assistant Professor of French

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

 

Giora Slutzki

Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

John Smith

Research Associate

Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

 

Tony Smith

Professor

Department of Philosophy

and Religious Studies

 

John E. Snyder

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Materials Science and Engineering Department

 

Steven D. Sorden

Associate Professor

Department of Veterinary Pathology

College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Matthew Stanley

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Program in the History of Technology and Science

 

 

Gary Michael Tartakov

Professor of Art & Design History

and Intirem Director of African American Studies

 

 

Patrica Ann Thiel

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

 

Dr. Nicole Valenzuela

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

 

Kan Wang

Associate Professor

Department of Agronomy

Center for Plant Transformation

 

Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson

Associate Professor

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

 

 

Clark Wolf

Director of Bioethics

 

William F. Woodman

University Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology

 

Xiaoqing Wu

Assistant Professor

Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

 

 

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu on behalf of PvM
Sent: Tue 5/15/2007 12:28 PM
To: David Opderbeck
Cc: Rich Blinne; asa
Subject: Re: [asa] Muggings and the tenure process

On 5/15/07, David Opderbeck <dopderbeck@gmail.com> wrote:
> Rich said: David, perhaps you can shed some light on this but it appears
> from my lay eye that a pretty solid civil rights lawsuit could result.
> One of the odd things about this situation to my eye is that the university
> must have known this decision would provoke a firestorm, including a
> possible lawsuit. It seems that it would have been easier to just grant
> tenure, even if his record put him "on the bubble." (I'm not suggesting his
> record did put him on the bubble -- it seems to me that his record solidly
> supported tenure, but I agree that it's wise to suspend judgment a bit on
> that until the facts are fully known).

<quote>Gonzalez is not the first ISU professor to be turned down for
tenure, which essentially gives a faculty member a lifetime job at the
university.

About 12 people have applied for tenure in the past 10 years in the
physics and astronomy department, and four of those were denied, said
Eli Rosenberg, the chairman of the ISU department of physics and
astronomy.</quote>

4 out of 12 denied tenure in his own department in the last 10 years.

What do we know of his record? How much external funding? How many
graduate students? How many classes? Other than his (inflated by some)
publication record, there is little information.

> Given the certainty that this decision would provoke a major public
> reaction, my sense is that there must have been some intense internal
> opposition in order for the university to place itself into the center of
> this mess, not merely the bland "consensus" reflected in the University's
> press statement (which statement, BTW, is obviously a useless bit of public
> relations and defensive legal fluff, whatever the ultimate merits of the
> case). And, my sense is that the only apparent reasons for such intense
> opposition is Gonzales' public affiliation with the ID movement. But, this

How many of the people in his department signed the petition?

> is only my spidey sense, based on having seen this kind of thing in
> employment cases before, and knowing from that experience that you often
> have to dig hard in such cases to uncover the truth. I could be wrong;
> maybe he was a difficult person as a colleague or a rotten teacher or
> something along those lines (though I haven't heard any such scuttlebut), or
> maybe his paper record looks more impressive than it is -- maybe writing a
> trade press book about ID was an error of judgment pre-tenure that took away
> from funded research or something. But all those excuses at this point seem
> like a hard sell given the blatant and open persecution that he faced from
> colleagues.

Oh my... Opposing intelligent design as science is now open and
blatant persecution?

> Whether a lawsuit is viable procedurally, I don't know. Religion is a
> protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tenure procedures,
> however, can have strange legal status, particularly in a public university,
> because they are a matter of overlapping legal regimes -- general employment
> law, education law, civil rights law, contract law, and labor law (most
> public university faculty are unionized). You can't deny tenure to a
> science professor because he's religious, but you probably could deny tenure
> to a science prof. who teaches religion instead of science on school time.
> My guess is that he would first have to exhaust other avenues of appeal,
> such as a union grievance before a state public employee board.

Iowa State University's handbook lays out much of the options Gonzalez
has. In addition I believe he can apply for a non-tenured position, a
recent change in procedures I believe.

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