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

What Have You Done?

Posted on Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

In episode 47, Ryan looks at accomplishments and implores you not to hold yourself up to the standards of others. Also, happy almost-2020!

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.

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.