About Us

Our Staff

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 is a professor and reseracher with over 20 years of experience nationally and internationally including teaching and administration at UCLA and CSUN. He oversees University-wide instructional design activities and strategic dimensions of course content development and distribution across the campus. He 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 - Instructional Technologies 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
Spies-Bornemann 112

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
Spies-Borneman 113


Dr. Denise Kaye

Instructional Designer

Denise earned her M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, and Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Southern Illinois University. She has spent the past 12 years designing and teaching online courses for higher education. Recognizing online learning is still in its infancy, she focuses on developing state of the art courses that shape student’s perception about education in new, dynamic, intellectually driven ways. Research interests include how behavior is shaped by constraints and how cultural forums impact learning. She enjoys consulting with teachers with their course development and elevating their online teaching experience.

Instructional Designer Dr. Denise Kaye

(805) 493-3643
Spies-Borneman 113a

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
Spies-Bornemann 114

Ada Crutchfield

Learning Technology Coordinator
Ada Crutchfield is our Learning Technology Coordinator at PLTS. She has a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from California State University, Fullerton. She works in conjunction with ITS for the planning and implementation of instructional technology resources on campus and in collaboration with faculty and end-users in the management of distributed learning programs.  She has worked and free-lanced in EdTech and Technology Coordinator roles in various K-12 school districts in San Francisco Bay Area, as well as at remote education sites.​
Ada Crutchfield
(510) 559-2709
Berkeley Room 219

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

Clarke Weigel

Student Worker

My name is Clarke and I am a double major sophomore in Communications and Music Production. Some fun facts about me are that I love writing music, which is my passion and playing basketball. I grew up in Portland, Oregon with my mom, sister, and golden retriever and I've lived there all my life.

Student Worker Clarke Weigel
Communications and Music Production

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 in the film industry.

Julia Barrios
Film, Minoring in Multimedia

Milad Malakooti

Student Worker

Hello, my name is Milad Malakooti. I am a junior studying Computer Science and my expected graduation year is 2020. I live in Simi Valley, California with my parents and my younger brother. Digital Learning is the perfect fit for me because I have learned a lot so far and I look forward to learning more skills.

Student Worker Milad Malakooti
Computer Science

Teah Williams

Student Worker

Hi my name is Teah Williams and I am a freshman studying Computer Science. I am in my first year working in this department and I am expected to graduate in 2023. I am from North Lake Tahoe, California. I love dancing, lacrosse, and video games.

Student Worker Teah Williams
Computer Science