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.

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Dr. Ryan Straight

Dr. Ryan Straight

Latest Episode

All Your Comfortable Spaces Are Gone

Posted on Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

In episode 44, Ryan muses on what would happen if our major forms of communication–the social media networks–suddenly shut down, and how you can reign in what social media has taken from you.

Living in the Future, One Device at a Time

Posted on Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

In episode 43, Ryan talks about his newest piece of cool tech: a pair of augmented reality glasses.

Public Speaking

Posted on Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

In episode 42, Ryan addresses something that can make your palms sweaty, your heart race, and fill your stomach with butterflies: public speaking.

Novelty

Posted on Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

In episode 41, Ryan welcomes everyone back to a new academic year and talks a bit about something near and dear to his heart: novelty. Let’s look at that love/hate relationship with new tech, among other things.

Summer Vacation

Posted on Thursday, Aug 1, 2019

In episode 40, Ryan takes a break from summer vacation to talk about… summer vacation, the psychology of vacations, and instructional time throughout the year.

Practicing Useful Self-Reflection

Posted on Thursday, Apr 25, 2019

In episode 39, it’s all about self-reflection and some tools, exercises, and tips to do it honestly.