Try again on flawed Rutgers plan

Try again on flawed Rutgers plan

There are 1 comment on the The Jersey Journal story from Jun 24, 2012, titled Try again on flawed Rutgers plan. In it, The Jersey Journal reports that:

The state Senate plans to vote tomorrow on its schizophrenic reconstruction of Rutgers University.

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RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Edison, NJ

#1 Jun 24, 2012
In the Star Ledger, dated June 16, 2012, there is an article titled, " Groomed for Success" page 15, which speaks about Matthew "Mattstache" Ferguson's great success lip - synching on a Youtube. It cites him as an "Adjunct Professor" at Rutgers University and the fact that he shows this video in his class at Rutgers. It says the video has gone viral.

Two facts: All my troubles at Rutgers began when I was castigated by DR. Jim Katz, the chairman of the department for calling myself an adjunct professor on line. Actually I did not write this; the person who developed my page called me professor which is the title I have at Yeshiva University, where I also taught. Yeshiva University in fact used this title in their press releases.

In addition a student complained after the first day of my fall class in writing to the communications department at Rutgers and I was castigated for showing my youtube in my public speaking class. I was using it to teach since my class is public speaking in the department of Communication, unlike Mr. Ferguson who teaches American studies and Communication.
son who was lauded for his efforts, cited in various newspapers etc as he continues to show this video in his university classes. The youtube videos I showed at Rutgers dealt with motivation and dating skills which are part of communication and relevant to my curriculum. I protested because I felt there had to be a reason I was singled out by my department.
Some felt the student who complained may have been anti-Semitic since I am the only one who wears a skullcap in the department. Since the name of the student was never revealed, I cannot substantiate this. I do know there was a Muslim female student, dressed in Muslim garb, who came to the first class, asked me for a special permission number at the end of the class to join the class (since all my classes were filled to capacity); I wanted to let her in but I did not have any more special permission numbers from the department.

One of my students emailed the deans at Rutgers stating he was aware there were individuals at Rutgers who targeted me because of my views on Zionism. In addition, the undergraduate chairman of the department who made the initial email to me regarding the complaint, retired this semester. I was never made aware of this. Dr. Katz, the head of the department has taken a two year sabbatical.

Even though I continuously asked if I was being rehired for the fall, I was put off until June when I was told I was not being rehired after twenty years of teaching because "I was not qualified to teach the new curriculum." If I was unqualified, why did I receive high marks from my students this past year under the new curriculum and high marks from the department coordinator.

I was interviewed in the Rutgers Targum newspaper where I spoke about how adjunct teachers were treated like trash, with no benefits and a union without power.

I am writing this letter because it is my nature to fight back; unlike other adjuncts who are afraid of losing their jobs. This entire incidents has hurt me greatly. On a personal level, I want to share that I am a child of Holocaust survivors and the way the department confronted me with the accusation put me on the defensive. It was demeaning and clear bullying. I will sue the university and the individuals my attorney suggets. I lost my job because spoke out.



Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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