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.

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.

The Privilege of Working from Home

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

In episode 4 of The New Professor, Ryan addresses the pros and cons of working from home and how to make the most of it.