The DI blog reports that Guillermo Gonzalez has a new job teaching astronomy at Grove City College, a Christian liberal arts college in Pennsylvania:
Noted astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez whose academic freedom was trampled when he was drummed out of Iowa State University for being a proponent of intelligent design theory, has taken a new position as an associate professor in the physics department at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Grove City College is a completely independent, Christian, liberal arts college that is ranked among some of the best colleges and universities in the nation.
Why is this ironic? Take a look at the Wikipedia entry for Grove City College:
Since 1963, the American Association of University Professors, an organization that represents the interests of college professors, has placed Grove City under censure for violations of tenure and academic freedom. In fact, Grove City has the distinction of having been on the AAUP’s list of censured administrations longer than any other college that is currently censured. In its report, the AAUP Investigative Committee at Grove City concluded that “the absence of due process [in the dismissal of professors at Grove City] raises…doubts regarding the academic security of any persons who may hold appointment at Grove City College under existing administrative practice. These doubts are of an order of magnitude which obliges us to report them to the academic profession at large.”
You can read the AAUP report on Grove City College here. As a private school, Grove City College doesn’t have to meet the same legal standards that public schools do. And truth be told, Grove City is actually pretty good as Christian schools go, with some excellent faculty on staff. But it’s still ironic that an alleged martyr to the gods of academic freedom would choose a school that doesn’t respect academic freedom.