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

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.

OLC Innovate 2019 - Four Perspectives and a Podcast

Posted on Thursday, Apr 11, 2019

In episode 38, Ryan speaks to four wonderful people — Kate Sonka, Tina Rettler-Pagel, Keegan Long-Wheeler, and Veronica Armour — about their work and experience that led them to the OLC Innovate 2019 conference in Denver. Four for the price of one! (Which is $0.)

Let's Gush (About Online Education)

Posted on Thursday, Mar 28, 2019

In episode 37, Ryan fights the urge to complain and instead focuses on a few of the things he loves about online education. Also, there’s toast.

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.