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Adjunct Sues Union and School Over Allegedly Unlawful Dismissal

By Meredith Dobes

Former Roosevelt University professor Robert Klein Engler and his attorney DougIbendahl are moving forward with a complaint against the University and the Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Organization filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

After a student in Engler’s Spring 2010 City and Citizenship course filed a harassment complaint against him for telling, what she said was, an offensive joke Engler was notified of his termination of employment from the University in August 2010.

“All through this matter I have insisted I did nothing wrong. I make the same statement, now,” Engler said. “I have been teaching college for more than 30 years. I have an exemplary record. Now, all of a sudden, I am hit with a false and baseless charge ofharassment.”

photoHowever, Engler (left) and Ibendahl decided to keep students separate from the case from the beginning.

“Our complaint isn’t against the students, but against the administration and the union,”Engler said. “I have been accused of being a conservative before, so let’s just say I’m taking a conservative approach to this case as well.”

When asked for comment, Assistant Vice President of Public Relations Tom Karow said, “This is a personnel issue, and

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2 Comments for “Adjunct Sues Union and School Over Allegedly Unlawful Dismissal”

  1. As many of you are aware my difficulties with Rutgers began within the last two years when I was told at a meeting that there is a guideline for grade distribution in the Speech and Communication dept: 20%A’s , 20% ,D,F, and the rest B’s and C’s. This was denied by the department even though I heard it twice. I felt a student deserved the grade they earned, not what they told me to give and I refused to follow the grade guideline. Today one of my former Rutgers students provided me with a grade distribution guideline for the Dept of Accounting and Informatin systems at Rutgers. I have the syllabus: A 12.5%, B 10%, B+15%,C 27.5%, D 10%, F 5%. This grade distribution hold through Rutgers University. It is worth investigating. I have been telling the truth.

    Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  2. WARNING TO ALL PART TIME INSTRUCTORS. YOU MAY SOON NOT BE EMPLOYED AT RUTGERS. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TERMINATED OR HARASSED OR BULLIED E MAIL ME FOR A STORY IN THE NEWSPAPERS. THERE IS STRENGTH ONLY IN NUMBERS AND UNITY. CHAIMDOV@AOL.COM DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    The only protection we have as PTLs is from being replaced by another PTL with less service. In particular, if you have 12 or more semesters of service (which you do), the courses you previously taught should not be offered to a PTL with less than 12 semesters of service. We cannot object to being replaced by TAs or full-time faculty. That is the administration’s practice and prerogative.

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