Skip to comments.Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure at Iowa State (what you can do to help!)
Posted on 05/16/2007 11:02:33 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
I found the following form letter on a website, copied and pasted it, and sent it to the president of Iowa State University. The emailed me back (probably with a form letter). But the point is, they are responding (and therefore keeping track)!!! Below is the letter I sent and their response. See reply #2 for a link for background info. on Dr. Gonzalez--GGG
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Guillermo Gonzalez Tenure Ruling
President Gregory L. Geoffroy,
I am disappointed at the University's denial of Guillermo Gonzalez tenure application. Despite the fact that Dr. Gonzalez has 68 peer-reviewed publications, he seems to be denied tenure on the basis of viewpoint discrimination. Although the University's mission statement says, "In carrying out its mission, Iowa State will increase and support diversity in the University community. Diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares students for lifelong, productive participation in society.", it seems that this diversity does not apply to those who promote intelligent design theory.
Please do the right thing and approve Guillermo Gonzalez tenure application.
Thank you for writing to President Geoffroy about the matter involving Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez. Pres. Geoffroy has asked me to respond on his behalf because he is in the process of considering Dr. Gonzalez's appeal of the tenure decision, and it is not appropriate to comment until the appeal decision is finalized. For your information, I have outlined below the facts related to this matter.
Like most research universities, Iowa State has an extensive process of evaluating faculty for tenure. The procedure is prescribed in the Faculty Handbook (http://www.provost.iastate.edu/faculty/handbook/faculty_handbook/) and in the college and department organizational documents. The evaluation is based on the candidate's record of teaching, service and scholarly research during the time of the candidate's appointment at Iowa State, using standards and expectations set by the candidate's tenured faculty colleagues in his/her academic department. The review begins in the candidate's academic department, where a recommendation on tenure and promotion is generated by a vote of the tenured faculty. The process includes consideration of recommendations of reputable persons in the same area of study, but who are not at Iowa State. That is progressively followed by reviews by the department chair, a college-level committee, the dean of the college, and the executive vice president and provost, all of whom generate recommendations for the next level of review. The candidate's dossier and all of the recommendations are then presented to the university president, who makes a final decision. In the case of a final negative decision, the candidate has the right of appeal, using a process that is prescribed in the Faculty Handbook.
The tenure decision is one of the most important decisions that a university makes, because it means a lifetime appointment for the individual being considered, and before granting tenure, faculty and university leaders must be convinced of the candidate's promise of excellence in his/her academic discipline that will last for the duration of his/her academic career. It is a very high standard of excellence and achievement, and there are many good researchers, and good people, who fail to satisfy the demands of earning tenure.
As an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, 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 faculty in the department. 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. On the basis of those recommendations against granting tenure and promotion at every prior level of review and the president's own review of the record, President Geoffroy notified Dr. Gonzalez in April that he would not be granted tenure and promotion to associate professor.
On May 9, Dr. Gonzalez, following university procedure, submitted to the president an appeal of the final tenure decision, and that appeal is now being considered with a decision expected to be rendered by June 6, 2007.
For more information regarding this tenure case, please follow this link: http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/may/tenureFAQ.shtml
Here is a link to his published, peer reviewed papers:
Here is some background info. on Dr. Gonzalez:
He has 68 peer reviewed articles? Evos would say “not” because they don’t believe anyone who believe in ID can have peer reviewed articles. They and only they hold the patent to peer reviewed articles. /s
Ummmmm....his peer reviewed publications were in the field of ASTROPHYSICS and/or ASTRONOMY......not evolution and/or intelligent design.
Thusly, his peer-reviewed articles are just as worthless in the debate of evo/ID as mine on emerging infectious diseases and immunology are.
....but they ARE one of the many reasons needed to get tenure. HOWEVER, there are plenty of great and knowledgeable Professors out there that don’t get the lifetime appointment.
Another “however”.....if he’s actually adding intelligent design into his science-based aastro-physics teachings, that’s a backable reason to deny him tenure.
Teach science in science class. Teach philosophy in philosophy or religion class.
WHO IS "me" ?
SHOW us proof that he is doing that.
It doesn’t sound like any help is needed, since the desired outcome was reached.
Sorry about that. The person who is writing on the President’s behalf is...
Office of University Relations
Dear President Geoffroy:
I am writing to you concerning the University of Iowa’s denial of Guillermo Gonzalez’s tenure application.
Despite the fact that Dr. Gonzalez has 68 peer-reviewed publications, he seems to have been denied tenure on the basis of viewpoint discrimination. His publications are in highly reputable journals, and they are all in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, not intelligent design.
The University’s mission statement says, “In carrying out its mission, Iowa State will increase and support diversity in the University community. Diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares students for lifelong, productive participation in society.” Yet evidently this diversity does not apply to those who promote intelligent design theory, in their own time. I have been informed that Professor Gonzalez does not proselytize his students in class or push ID on them in any way, so this is not unlike firing someone because he is a Christian or a Buddhist or a conservationist in his private life.
I should add that although I am a professor emeritus of English, not astronomy, I was a physics major at Harvard before changing my field, and I have retained an interest in current developments in physics and astronomy.
I know it is difficult for the president of a university to second guess the decision of a tenure committee in one of his academic departments. No doubt there will be further unfortunate fallout whichever way you decide this case. But having looked into it and looked over Professor Gonzalez’s list of publications, it seems clear to me that this is a case of political correctness run amok, something I have experienced first hand at various times during my academic career, including the years when I was chair of the department. I think if you let the current decision stand, it will be far more damaging to the university’s reputation in the long run than if you reverse it and award him the tenure he clearly deserves.
I hope, therefore, that you will do the right thing and approve Guillermo Gonzalez’s tenure application.
You mean I can do something to ensure he doesn’t get tenure? Where do I sign?
Great letter, Cicero.
“His publications are in highly reputable journals, and they are all in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, not intelligent design.”
You admit you don’t have a clue when it comes to this subject.
Then why post your “ifs” on it?
SHOW us proof that he is doing that.
You can't.Show us proof that he was denied tenure because of his belief in Intelligent Design.
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