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

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.)

Gamify Your Life

Posted on Thursday, Mar 1, 2018

In episode 17 of The New Professor, Ryan looks at motivation during finals week, gamification, and leveling up your level 19 human.

Libraries, How I Love Thee

Posted on Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

In episode 16 of The New Professor, Ryan talks about his love for libraries of all sizes, what services your library can provide, and… ThunderCats.

Student Government

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018

In episode 15 of The New Professor, Ryan explores Student Governments in general and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona South in particular. What can your Student Government do for you? Have a listen and find out.

The Best Things Come in Twos

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

In episode 14 of The New Professor, Ryan welcomes you to season two, shares two tips for new students, and explains what’s coming next.


Posted on Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

In episode 13 of The New Professor, Ryan owns up to not following his own time management advice and does penance by highlighting one of his favorite project management systems: LiquidPlanner.