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

Latest Episode

Episode One: Redux

Posted on Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

In episode 49, Ryan re-records his very first episode, ‘Secure and Private is a Process, Not a Destination’ to see just what’s changed over the past three years. Spoiler: a lot!


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.


Posted on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

In episode 12 of The New Professor, Ryan recounts the history of how he came to use Slack his in classes, bring it to his campus as a whole, and shares some best practices for new users.

Fall Semester Preparations

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

In episode 11 of The New Professor, Ryan helps you prepare for the looming start of the fall semester and has some big news for you.

Backstabbers: A Love Story

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017

In episode 10 of The New Professor, Ryan explores the different types of difficult colleagues you’re likely to run across and some specific tips on how to deal with them.

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.