Ball State University has hired a controversial astronomer who is a national leader in the intelligent design movement.
President Jo Ann Gora approved the hiring of Guillermo Gonzalez as an assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy on June 12 at a salary of $57,000. He will start teaching at BSU in August.
The hiring occurred after Ball State had launched an investigation into a complaint that another assistant professor in the same department, Eric Hedin, was promoting intelligent design in a science class.
Intelligent design creationism is not supported by scientific evidence, according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which was established when Abraham Lincoln was president to address the government's need for an independent advisor on scientific matters.