Ryan Straight

Ryan Straight

Assistant Professor, Applied Computing

University of Arizona


Dr. Ryan Straight is an award-winning educator, writer, and researcher. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. He is co-program director of the Master of Science and undergraduate minor programs in Educational Technology and teaches in the Applied Computing and Cyber Operations undergraduate programs. He also teaches an annual freshman seminar, Cyborgs and Transhumanism, in the Honors College.

Here you will find a variety: travel exploits, reflections, expressions of stylistic pedagogy, reactions to technological and educational current events, and general musings on topics approaching Ryan’s academic research.

He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Adriana and their three dogs, Sofie, Menchi, and Chewie.


  • User Experience
  • Virtual/Augmented/Mixed/Extended Reality
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Postphenomenology


  • PhD in Instructional Technology, 2015

    Ohio University

  • MEd in Cultural Studies in Education, 2009

    Ohio University

  • BSEd in Integrated Language Arts, 2005

    Ohio University

Awards & Fellowships

Effective Practice Award

Through the OLC Effective Practices program, the OLC community shares techniques, strategies and practices that have worked effectively in their institution or program. Effective practices are peer-reviewed and evaluated against OLC’s five pillars of quality in digital education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability.
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Faculty Fellow (Ongoing)

Faculty Fellows is a group of 55 outstanding UA faculty dedicated to student engagement. Faculty Fellows work to effectively involve students in research, collaborative projects, career-readiness efforts and community outreach. Each Fellow is assigned a campus site for the academic year (whether a residence hall, a cultural center, or a resource center) and spends time at that site each week, building connections and relationships with students outside of the classroom.