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

Sleep

Posted on Thursday, Nov 7, 2019

In episode 46, Ryan takes a deep dive into sleep, how it impacts our thinking and our work, how important it is for students, and how to get not just more but better sleep.

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.

The Public, The Anonymous, and the Unidentifiable

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

In episode 3 of The New Professor, Ryan talks about the pros and cons of being publicly identifiable, being anonymous, the gray area in between, and how this can benefit an online class.

Digital Distractions

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In episode 2 of The New Professor, Ryan goes after digital distractions like Facebook and Wikipedia, and then gives you some suggestions and tools to help fight them.

In episode 1 of The New Professor, Ryan takes on best practices for privacy and security for all TNPs out there. Also, how to deal with University policies that might impact your user experience.