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

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.

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.

A History of The New Professor

Posted on Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

In episode 30, Ryan shares an interview he did over the summer but this time the tables are turned! Ryan talks with Janet Smith at the Office of Digital Learning about the podcast, how it got started, and how he uses podcasting in his classes.

In episode 29, Ryan sits down with Caitlin Kerrigan, Coordinator of Faculty Programs at the University of Arizona. They talk about everything from the Fellows program to teaching in Ecuador to student support services to serving S’mores while dressed as the Grim Reaper.

In episode 28 of The New Professor, Ryan talks to Melissa Silva, the Student Services Coordinator for UA Douglas about the initiatives she works with, the uniqueness of living on and across a border, being multicultural, and my thrift store t-shirt.

In episode 27 of The New Professor, Ryan talks to Nikolas Glazier Hodge, Director of the UA Transfer Student Center, about NPR, self-image, being part of a community, Parks and Rec, apples, and chickens.