Iowa State University president Gregory Geoffroy has denied the appeal of Gonzalez’ tenure denial. Money quote:
Because the issue of tenure is a personnel matter, I am not able to share the detailed rationale for the decision, although that has been provided to Dr. Gonzalez. But I can outline the areas of focus of my review where I gave special attention to his overall record of scientific accomplishment while an assistant professor at Iowa State, since that gives the best indication of future achievement. 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.
In other words, pretty much exactly the areas that have already been identified as lacking. Since Gonzalez now has a more detailed version of the denial in hand, he should release it publicly. I’m sure it would contain many of the specific problems that many of the rest of us have noticed, like the fact that the vast majority of his publications came not from research done at ISU but from his earlier postdoc appointments, that his publication record had slowed to almost nothing since then and that he had attracted virtually no money for actual research in his 6 years at ISU.
The DI, predictably, notes this denial while continuing their unsupported whining about persecution. But if there are no valid reasons for denying tenure given in Geoffroy’s denial letter to Gonzalez, you know damn well they’d be publicizing it widely. There’s only one reason why neither Gonzalez nor the DI will make that letter public – because it undermines their persecution claims by giving specific and valid reasons why his tenure was denied.