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.

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.


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.