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 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.
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.
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!
Amanda Rae Valiente
I'm from Oahu, Hawaii. I enjoy trying delicious food and petting dogs.
I'm a senior at Cal Lutheran majoring in Multimedia with an emphasis in HD Cinema. My goal is to work in post production for the music industry after I graduate next spring!
I am a sophomore 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.
I am a freshman 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.
I am a junior majoring in Theatre Arts with a Performance emphasis. As a transfer from Moorpark College, I have loved every minute of becoming a part of this community in such a short amount of time! After graduating in 2020, I plan to continue my education and earn my Master's while gaining experience working with professional theatre companies nationally.