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.

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Dr. Ryan Straight

Dr. Ryan Straight

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Posted on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

In celebration of hitting episode 50, Ryan talks milestones and their importance to your feelings of success and progress.

Your Electronic Brain

Posted on Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

In episode 19 of The New Professor, Ryan talks about off-loading your knowledge, wikis, and General Ignorance.

Only Connect

Posted on Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

In episode 18 of The New Professor, Ryan talks about British panel shows, terrible first drafts, and writing, writing, writing. (And, yeah, he mixes up the words in the penultimate line. Such is life.)

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.