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 three publishing now!

Dr. Ryan Straight

Dr. Ryan Straight

Latest Episode

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.

Conferences: A Primer

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

In episode 9 of The New Professor, Ryan provides a basic primer for academic conferences, the minefield of faculty travel funding, and how to avoid going altogether.

Coffee and Creativity, Mundanity and Moderation

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

In episode 8 of The New Professor, Ryan sips coffee and looks at what caffeine, alcohol, and noise do to creativity and efficiency.

eBooks (A Lament)

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017

In episode 7 of The New Professor, Ryan discusses the past, present, and future of one of his greatest love/hate relationships: the eBook. Also, musty candles and The Witcher.

On Memory and Film

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

In episode 6 of The New Professor, Ryan recalls the history and making of his favorite hobby, photography, and how it is changing the fundamental experience of our lives.

Thermoception (Summer with The New Professor)

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017

In episode 5 of The New Professor, Ryan tries to beat the heatwave and talks about just what summer means for those of us in higher education.