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The United Faculty of Florida-UCF Podcast

The United Faculty of Florida-UCF Podcast

By United Faculty of Florida @ UCF
This is a podcast produced by the United Faculty of Florida-University of Central Florida Chapter. It will discuss issues related to a college or university faculty union through a variety of formats.
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Episode 2.2 Harry T. Moore Teacher, Union Leader, Activist
In this episode I spoke with Ben Green about Harry T. Moore. Green is the author of the biography of Moore titled Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore America's First Civil Rights Martyr. During Moore’s time the state of Florida did not have teacher unions, more professional organizations but under his leadership the professional organizations operated as a union by suing the state of Florida to equalize pay between White and Black teachers and administrators. The school system that canceled the workshop on Florida and the civil rights movement was Osceola County not Miami-Dade.
June 01, 2022
Episode 2.1 State of the Union 2022 or Has It Been a Year Already?
Welcome to Season 2 of the UFF-UCF Podcast. This is the first episode of the second season and like the first episode of the first season this is the UFF-UCF State of the Union Speech given by Robert Cassanello, President of UFF-UCF, on Zoom on April 21, 2022. The speech is followed by a Q & A from a live audience.
May 01, 2022
Episode 12-Legislative Update or How Bad Was it from Horrendous to the Worst?
In this episode I spoke with Marshall Ogletree the retired Executive Director of United Faculty of Florida. We spoke about the 2022 Florida Legislative Session and the various laws passed that will impact higher education.
April 01, 2022
Episode 11: Welcome to the UniverCity or Have Universities Become the New Factories?
In this episode of the UFF-UCF Podcast I spoke with Professor Davarian L. Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He recently published the book In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Citieswith Bold Type Books. We spoke about the impact of how local universities expand into downtown centers and how universities have transformed into what he has termed a UniverCity. Please join us for this important conversation.
March 01, 2022
Episode 10-Grievences or When Should I Read the CBA?
In this episode of the UFF-UCF Podcast we interview Claudia Schippert our Grievance Chair. As our Grievance Chair Claudia is the person in charge of contract enforcement. This means if your rights are violated at the workplace based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or our contract, Claudia and the Grievance team can represent you and address your concern. Listen to this episode to learn what a Grievance is and also visit our webpage to learn more.
February 01, 2022
Episode 9-The Great Resignation or Will COVID Permanently Transform the Workplace?
In this episode UFF-UCF President Robert Cassanello spoke with Professor Kevin R. McClure. Professor McClure Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He publishes on education leadership and organization. We spoke about the Great Resignation during this time of COVID and to what capacity it is impacting the college and university workforce. We tackled the subject and speculation if and the extent that COVID will permanently transform the workplace.
January 01, 2022
Episode 8-The Threat to Tenure or It’s Already a Five Alarm Fire People
In this episode UFF-UCF President Robert Cassanello spoke with Thomas Auxter. Professor Auxter is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida and former president of the United Faculty of Florida. Professor Auxter has been at the University of Florida since 1973. We spoke about the historic and current threat to tenure by Florida Governors, state Legislators and by university administrators. Professor Auxter has written about the challenges organizing for faculty unions in a right to work environment. You can read his article here.
December 01, 2021
Episode 7: Faculty Governance or WTF Ever Happened to Faculty Governance?
In this episode UFF-UCF President Robert Cassanello spoke with Larry Gerber, emeritus Professor at Auburn University, about his book The Rise and Decline of Faculty Governance. We spoke about the introduction and evolution of faculty governance on college and university campuses since the nineteenth century. Many of us have had the discussions and have speculated at the crisis of shared governance in the era of the COVID-19 Pandemic is not an outlier but is how the system is supposed to function. Please listen to the podcast you can also read more about Larry Gerber’s work here and here.
November 01, 2021
Episode 6 Parental Leave or Happy Fall LGBTQ+ Pride Month Orlando
In this episode our Vice President Beatriz Reyes-Foster spoke with Sandra Wheeler and Lana Williams from Anthropology about parental leave and how marriage equality impacted their family and work life before and after marriage equality.
October 01, 2021
Episode 5-HB 233 or a Horrible Solution in Search of a Non-Existent Problem
Episode 5-HB 233 or a Horrible Solution in Search of a Non-Existent Problem In today’s episode I spoke to Yovanna Pineda about the commentary she wrote about HB 233 for the Orlando Sentinel. HB 233 has been imposed up college and university faculty and students in Florida. We talked about this legislation and the misguided effort to promote “intellectual diversity.” We discussed what this legislation means and its context. If you haven’t check out Professor Pineda’s commentary in the Orlando Sentinel here, if it is behind a paywall wait until your free articles refresh again it will be worth it.
September 01, 2021
Episode 4-Teaching CRT or Governor Desantis Have You No Sense of Decency?
In this Episode I spoke with our colleague from the Department of Sociology Jonathan Cox. We spoke about Critical Race Theory and how we can continue to approach this topic in our classrooms and our research. Big thanks to the ghost of Joseph Welch who allowed us to use his clever catch phrase. We will await on Governor Desantis’ reply to the question and broadcast that out to you. Until then locate someone you know teaching Critical Race Theory and tell them you love them. They are not an endangered species. Small mindedness is.
August 01, 2021
Episode 3-Meet the New President and Vice President of UFF or Did I Miss Another Presidential Inauguration?
For this episode we were fortunate enough to have UFF President Andrew Gothard and Vice President Caitlin Gille in the UFF-UCF Podcast Studio for a brief interview. We recorded this in late June before they took office on July 1. They were touring the state for their "Listening Tour" and for our interview we got them talking. If you want to reach out to either of them please email them. You can reach Andrew at and Caitlin at If you email them and tell them the secret password (Swordfish) they will give you the location to the super secret location of the UFF Presidential Inauguration Party. The UFF Presidential Inauguration After Party requires a different password even I don't have access to. 
July 01, 2021
Episode 2-The Ethics of the Fall Return or Are We Jonathan Swifting Our Children
In this episode Robert Cassanello (UFF-UCF President) and Jonathan Beever (UFF-UCF Treasurer) talk about the ethics of returning to campus in the fall. Many of us wish to return to campus and our workplaces with a plan that collectively puts the safety of those most vulnerable at the least risk. However, the state government, specifically the Florida governor and legislature want us to return as quickly without any restrictions many of us have become accustomed to in the past year plus of the pandemic. What Beever and Cassanello try to do in this episode is reconcile what we can do as individuals so that we can influence the best collective outcomes. Not required, but consider picking up your personal copy of A Modest Proposal and don't be afraid to scream "think about the children" at least the ones that won't be vaccinated until early to mid fall. If you wish to do that latter we ask you don't fall into a Simpsons caricature.
June 01, 2021
Episode 1: UFF-UCF State of the Union 2021 or Happy May Day Everyone
This is our first episode of our podcast The UFF-UCF Podcast. In this inaugural episode we will hear the State of the Union Address from Robert Cassanello, President of UFF-UCF followed by a conversation with Beatriz Reyes-Foster our Vice President. We also answered the questions members sent into us. 00:27-State of the Union 2021 06:40-Conversation Between Robert and Beatriz 13:20-We Answer Member Questions 33:07-Shout Outs
May 01, 2021