The New Professor is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Ryan Straight, an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Arizona. With his guests he explores what it means to be an educator and a learner in the current changing landscape of higher education, along with various related (and sometimes not-so-related) topics.

Season four publishing now!

Dr. Ryan Straight

Dr. Ryan Straight

Latest Episode

This Shouldn't Be Here

Posted on Friday, Mar 15, 2019

In episode 36, Ryan briefly discusses why sometimes producing nothing is better than producing something. Also irony.

Churning Butter

Posted on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

In episode 35, Ryan walks you through the evolution of his audio setup, demonstrates what effects each piece of equipment has, and tests the range of microphones he’s used.

No Such Thing as a Work-Life Balance

Posted on Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

In episode 34, Ryan talks about striking a balance in your life, spinning plates, and the circus.

Ben Scragg, Lead Design Strategist

Posted on Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

In episode 33, Ryan catches up with Ben Scragg, a college buddy who also just happens to work just up the road at ASU as the Lead Design Strategist in the Teachers College. They talk about everything from the color of Band-Aids to the upcoming OLC Innovate conference in Denver.

Nicci Ainuu, THINKTANK

Posted on Thursday, Jan 17, 2019

In episode 32, Ryan has the tremendous pleasure of speaking with Nicci Ainuu, the Administrative Services Manager at UA’s THINKTANK, a hub for academic support for students across the University of Arizona. They talk about the services it provides, how you can benefit from it or even become a tutor, yourself, and the importance of catching up on cancelled television shows.

The Right Foot Forward in 2019

Posted on Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

In episode 31 and the beginning of season four, Ryan welcomes everyone back for a brand new year and semester with some tips and tricks on how to make it the best one yet, gives some advice on how to get over those new-class nerves, and tells you a secret.