About Us

Our Staff

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.

Cynthia DeMartino

(805) 493-3368
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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 closely 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. After receiving his MHA and MBA, he went on to receive a doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University. His research interests span: cognitive neuroscience of learning; pedagogical effectiveness; communities of inquiry model; experiential and empirical research in teaching and learning.

Mirwais Azizi

(805) 493-3713
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Dr. Minyan He

Instructional Designer

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.

Minyan He

(805) 493-3683
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Kaitlin Hodgdon

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.

Kaitlin Hodgdon
(805) 493-3931
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Our Student Workers

Our student employees are a huge part of the operation at the Center for Teaching and Learning and Digital Learning departments. We value their hard work, dedication, and positive attitudes and we hope you will too!


Brendan Hacker

Student Worker

I am a junior at Cal Lutheran and I am currently a Criminal Justice major with aspirations of being a police officer. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and I came to Cal Lutheran because my father also attended here and I love the area. I am expected to graduate in May of 2021.

Brendan Hacker
Criminal Justice

Julia Barrios

Student Worker

I am a sophomore majoring in Multimedia from Chico, CA. I have a younger sister and I am very close with my whole family. I started taking digital media classes my freshman year of High School, which led me to want to major in Multimedia. In the future I would to work as a Cinematographer or Editor in the Film industry.

Julia Barrios