Calvin Theological Seminary's (CTS) first full-time female professor left the school at the end of August, charging the administration with sex discrimination and falsifying documents in an effort to undermine her. Ruth Tucker, a well-known author of 17 books, including Women in the Maze: Questions & Answers on Biblical Equality, made the allegations in a lengthy website account posted in September. She believes CTS unfairly removed her from tenure track with a one-year terminal appointment, which effectively ended her future at the Christian Reformed Church seminary.
CTS president Cornelius Plantinga Jr. called her move a "tragedy" and said the school had hoped to reappoint her as a professor. "There is another side to this story," he told CT, declining to reveal details about the "confidential personnel issue."
CT investigated Tucker's widely publicized claims and learned that neither independent mediators nor a CTS board ad hoc committee appointed to review the allegations found evidence of purposeful gender discrimination. However, both said Tucker had not been treated fairly and deserved some form of redress.
At the heart of the conflict is a poor evaluation given to Tucker in 2002. The evaluation cited largely negative comments pulled from faculty reviews. Henry De Moor, vice president for academic affairs, advised that Tucker be removed from tenure track in 2003, despite recommendations from students and the majority of faculty members.
When Tucker requested original copies of her faculty evaluations, she discovered that nearly half of the negative comments came from two faculty members. De Moor issued a second, more favorable, evaluation but affirmed his original conclusion. Plantinga agreed and recommended a one-year ...1
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