Ball State Under Scrutiny for Hiring Former ISU Professor

ISU Professor of astronomy Guillermo Gonzalez; this mug to accompany 11/20 centerpiece story on intelligent design


By Rachel Begle

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Ball State University is facing questions for hiring a professor who contended he was denied tenure at Iowa State University six years ago for supporting the theory of intelligent design.

Attorney Andrew Seidel says the hiring of Guillermo Gonzalez as a tenure-track assistant professor of astronomy could hurt the reputation of the university's science curriculum. Seidel works for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group that promotes separation of church and state.

Gonzalez gained notoriety in 2004 for a book on intelligent design that critics say wasn't based on science. Gonzalez declined an interview request Tuesday by The Associated Press, but says in an email that he's never taught intelligent design at a university.

A Ball State spokeswoman says the university doesn't believe intelligent design is appropriate for science courses.

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