Intelligent Design News: Guillermo Gonzalez Denied Tenure

I haven’t blogged much about Intelligent Design since the Dover decision, where ID went down to a rather embarassing defeat. But, one item did catch my eye, Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure at Iowa State University. Gonzalez was the co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery basically and Intelligent Design book that argues that the universe is designed based on a number of astronomical obserations and some dubious conclusions based on those observations. I’m sure that this decision will be deemed some sort of discrimination, but I have to wonder about Gonzalez’ publications. Popular books are okay, but they aren’t likely to get one tenure anywhere.

This report by University President Greg Geoffroy indicates that it was a number of factors that were looked at.

I specifically considered refereed publications, his level of success in attracting research funding and grants, the amount of telescope observing time he had been granted, the number of graduate students he had supervised, and most importantly, the overall evidence of future career promise in the field of astronomy.

And the Des Moines Register had this article with an interesting tidbit.

Iowa State has sponsored $22,661 in outside grant money for Gonzalez since July 2001, records show. In that same time period, Gonzalez’s peers in physics and astronomy secured an average of $1.3 million by the time they were granted tenure.

Gee, I wonder if that had anything to do with it?

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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. legion says:

    Has anybode here seen the blogs4brownback site? I honestly cannot tell if it’s a prody site or a level of sheer insanity & self-humiliation I have never experienced before. This is the thread on Sen Brownback defending Prof Gonzalez

  2. Steve Verdon says:

    Geez that is a scary thread.

  3. Jim Henley says:

    My first reaction is that commenter carsick is an obvious satirist, but then I remember that bithead is sincere and doubt o’ermasters me.

  4. Anderson says:

    Those Iowa State bastards denied *me* tenure too, despite my dissertation showing that Newton’s 3d Law *must* be the result of Intelligent Design!

  5. Kent says:

    $22,661 in outside grant money in six years? That’s absolutely pathetic. We need look no further for the reason why he was denied tenure.

    I say this as a religious person who believes in intelligent design, at some level. However, intelligent design and Intelligent Design are two very different things, just as libertarian and Libertarian are often very different things.

    For one thing, I don’t pretend my faith in an ultimate purpose for the universe has anything to do with science.

  6. Steve Verdon says:

    Well said Kent, well said. If the average is $1.3 million and something of that level is what is expected, then yeah, the school is likely going to withold tenure. Kind of a “no-duh” thing, IMO.