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

What Have You Done?

Posted on Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

In episode 47, Ryan looks at accomplishments and implores you not to hold yourself up to the standards of others. Also, happy almost-2020!

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.

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.