RELIGION

Intelligent design professor earns tenure at Ball State

Ball State University in Indiana has granted tenure to a faculty member who was ordered to stop teaching intelligent design in a science course.

In 2013, Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora told Eric Hedin, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, intelligent design wasn't an appropriate subject for a science class. Intelligent design holds that certain features of life forms are so complex that they can best be explained by an origin from an intelligent higher power.

The (Muncie) Star Press (http://tspne.ws/1rVQL5R ) reports that Hedin was hired into a contract faculty position in 2002 and into a tenure-track position in 2012.

The Ball State faculty handbook says faculty can be granted tenure after a seven-year probationary period if they demonstrate achievement in teaching, scholarship and service in a professional capacity.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com