It just makes it too easy to show your dishonesty.
UD continues to harp endlessly about Gonzalez’ tenure case as they have nothing else to do, like original research. But I have to give them a piece of advice. If you’re going to cherry pick, either don’t cherry pick the first line of an article, or don’t provide a link, or worse, don’t then quote in full the paragraph you’ve just misread. It just gets too easy to show you’re full of it.
Here’s DaveScot’s quote from this Chronicle of Higher Ed article in his post “The Chronicle says of Gonzalez ‘a clear case of discrimination'”:
At first glance, it seems like a clear-cut case of discrimination. As an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, Guillermo Gonzalez has a better publication record than any other member of the astronomy faculty. He also happens to publicly support the concept of intelligent design. Last month he was denied tenure.
Emphasis mine. Then try reading the rest of the article.
To assess Mr. Gonzalez’s scholarship, The Chronicle examined the record of his citations — how many times other scientists have cited his work. The citation data were taken from the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System. For each paper, the number of citations was weighted for the number of authors, so that papers with 100 authors counted less than papers with one or a few authors.
To compare different professors, The Chronicle calculated for each person a measure of scholarship called an h-index, devised by Jorge E. Hirsch, a professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego. A scholar with an h-index of 5 has published five academic papers, each of which has been cited by least five other papers.
Mr. Gonzalez has a normalized h-index of 13, the highest of the 10 astronomers in his department. The next closest was Lee Anne Willson, a university professor who had a normalized h-index of 9.
Under normal circumstances, Mr. Gonzalez’s publication record would be stellar and would warrant his earning tenure at most universities, according to Mr. Hirsch. But Mr. Gonzalez completed the best scholarship, as judged by his peers, while doing postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Washington, where he received his Ph.D. His record has trailed off since then.
“It looks like it slowed down considerably,” said Mr. Hirsch, stressing that he has not studied Mr. Gonzalez’s work in detail and is not an expert on his tenure case. “It’s not clear that he started new things, or anything on his own, in the period he was an assistant professor at Iowa State.”
That pattern may have hurt his case. “Tenure review only deals with his work since he came to Iowa State,” said John McCarroll, a spokesman for the university.
I’m not in a position to evaluate his publication record, that’s for his tenure review committee, and frankly, I don’t care. The embarrassment of having an evolution denialist in the department would be enough for me to deny tenure to a scientist. Just as in a history department I’d be embarrassed to have a holocaust denier, or in a biology department to have an HIV/AIDS denier, or in a geology department having a flat-earther. His position on ID is enough of a reason to deny tenure. ISU has done nothing wrong.