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.
Dr. Denise Kaye
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.
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 Specialist
As the Learning Technology Support Specialist, Jon is responsible for supporting faculty with all aspects of Blackboard LMS. His role is to lead or facilitate training sessions, course curriculum development, workshops, seminars and assisting with program course roll-overs. He also serves as a liaison between Digital Learning and the various Schools and departments at CLU. When not pursuing his other passion of music recording, you will find him working out at the gym.
Learning Technology CoordinatorAda Crutchfield is our Learning Technology Coordinator at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.