Dr. Cynthia DeMartino
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Cynthia received her Masters in Communication at Rutgers University, and her PhD in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, a researcher, and a professor, her goal is to advance the use of teaching techniques and technologies that promote student learning. She achieves this via rigorous quantitative research in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and by implementing teaching development workshops for Cal Lutheran faculty and staff. Her current areas of research and faculty support include culturally responsive teaching, blended learning, and learning strategies interventions.
Dr. Mirwais Azizi
Director, Digital Learning
As the Director of Digital Learning, Dr. Azizi provides the strategic vision and leadership for instructional innovation and Digital Learning initiatives. He oversees University-wide instructional design activities and strategic dimensions of course content development and distribution across the campus. Collaborates cloesely with Academic Affairs in advancing academic programs with the highest standards of academic integrity and pedagogical innovation. He provides expertise in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative instructional approaches and technologies as well as facilitating communities of practice among faculty. He holds a doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University. His interests span: Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning; Communities of Inquiry Model; Experiential and Empirical Research in Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Minyan He
Minyan is our Instructional Designer with a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development from Mississippi State University. His goal is working with faculty to design and develop certified high quality online/blended courses for CLU students. He's also interested in introducing scientific and effective teaching tools to CLU’s online learning community. His research interests are online learning effectiveness and online group work.
As an Instructional Designer at CLU, Hong partners with faculty to build courses that inspire students to strive towards serving their purpose. Her goal is to help design courses that are seamless in delivering content and provide direction to help students achieve their learning objectives effectively and efficiently. On a daily basis, Hong collaborates with the Digital Learning team to provide teaching and learning strategies for online, blended, and traditional learning environments using Quality Matters standards and pedagogical best practices. Hong achieved her masters in Instructional Technology in New Media, Design and Production from California State University, Los Angeles. Her areas of interests include; instructional technology, learning theories, course design, and coordinating faculty professional development programs that foster faculty fellowship and mentoring to improve teaching.
Lecture Capture Specialist
Kaitlin Hodgdon graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2014 with a B.A. in Film and Electronic Arts and an emphasis in post-production. She worked for several years at an animation studio headed by the creator of the Rugrats and the Wild Thornberrys before coming to Cal Lutheran in the summer of 2016.
Learning Technology Support Specialist
Natalina Parker was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BA in General Studies. Natalina received a state of Nevada Teaching Credential and taught in the public school system for Washoe County School District, before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. Prior to joining the Digital Learning Team at Cal Lutheran as a Learning Technology Support Specialist, Natalina was a Computer Science Teacher and after she received an Ed-Tech certificate, she moved into the role of an Educational Technology Coordinator. Throughout Natalina’s career as an educational technology coordinator, she spent countless hours training and developing educators to integrate technology that would enhance students’ learning. She also developed an excellent understanding of learning management and student information systems. Natalina was an active member of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and attended the national conference each year 2012-2016. Natalina will be a presenter at the Blackboard World 17 conference in July, 2017 and she looks forward to sharing her recommendations with other learning technologists and educators from around the world. Natalina is honored to be a member of the Digital Learning Department at Cal Lutheran University and looks forward to providing technology support and to collaborate with CLU’s amazing faculty and staff. Natalina feels blessed to have a supportive husband and two wonderful daughters who inspire her daily.