About Us

Our Staff

Dr. Mirwais Azizi

Director, Digital Learning

Serving as the Inaugural Director of Digital Learning at California Lutheran University's Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Azizi is an emblem of modern academic leadership, merging technology and pedagogy.

He provides the strategic vision and leadership for instructional innovation and Digital Learning initiatives. He is a professor and researcher with two decades of versatile roles in academia, spanning from professorship and research to administrative leadership, on both national and international platforms.

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.

He holds an MHA, MBA, and a doctorate in Education - Instructional Technologies from Pepperdine University. Additionally, he boasts graduate certificates in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University. His research interests span: cognitive neuroscience of learning; pedagogical effectiveness; XR; learning analytics; generative Ai; experiential and empirical research in teaching and learning.

Mirwais Azizi

Spies-Bornemann 112

Dr. Dana Shreaves

Sr. Instructional Designer

Dana has worked in education for over 20 years, providing instructional design and faculty development since 2011. In addition to a B.A., M.A. Ed., and an M.B.A., Dana went on to earn her doctorate in Educational Technology from Boise State University with a focus in faculty development and online teaching. Dana works with faculty to design inclusive, high-quality, engaging learning experiences in a variety of modalities. She is passionate about teaching and learning and enjoys exploring new ways to better meet the needs of learners.

Instructional Designer Dr. Dana Shreveas

Spies-Borneman 113a

Dr. Shanshan Ma

Instructional Designer

Shanshan provides support and consulting with faculty from diverse disciplines to identify course goals and applicable evidence-based instructional and strategies with an emphasis in integration of innovative tools and technologies using Quality Matters Standards in course components to enhance learning across different delivery modes. She has years of teaching and research experiences in the field of education and instructional technology. Shanshan has earned her M.S. in Educational Technology with a concentration on Instructional Systems Design from East China Normal University, and Ph.D. in Learning Technology from University of North Texas. Her research interests include critical thinking, learning analytics, innovative learning/teaching strategies, the application of emerging technologies, and online/virtual learning environment. She also holds several Quality Matters (QM) certifications in areas of teaching online, online course design, applying QM rubric, and is a certified QM Peer Reviewer.

Instructional Designer Shanshan Ma

Spies-Borneman 113


Instructional Designer


avatar template

Spies-Borneman 114

Milad Malakooti

Learning Technology Support Specialist

As the Learning Technology Support Specialist, Milad is responsible for supporting faculty with all aspects of Canvas. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems (CIS). He is also a certified Software Engineer who graduated from General Assembly Coding Bootcamp in April 2020, emphasizing Full-Stack web development.

Milad Malakooti Profile Picture
Spies-Bornemann 233

Mattew Lercine

Instructional Media Coordinator

Matt is responsible for supporting faculty with challenging aspects of course media, visuals and ADA accessibility. Matt has many years of experience working alongside faculty and executive teams in higher education, both as an administrator and as an adjunct multimedia instructor. He specializes in educational technology and is responsible for educating others in effective instructional design methods, with an emphasis on engaging visuals and media techniques.

Matt holds a Master of Education degree in Technology-Based Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology and Instructional Design from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He also possesses advanced master certificates from UCLA, with an emphasis on Graphic and Multimedia Design.

Spies-Bornemann 114

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!


Shruti Gandhi

Shruti is an MBA student at California Lutheran University (CLU) and will graduate in 2024. She is currently working as a student worker in the Digital Learning Department. She also worked as a CLU technician at the Media Services Department. She knows an international language, German as well.  She hopes to use all the experiences she's gathered well in the future.
Business Administration (MBA)

Joseph Glickman

Joseph is currently a Junior at Cal Lutheran, graduating in 2025. He is majoring in Environmental Science this semester and is working on expanding his skills and experiences to accomplish his goal of graduating and pursuing an awesome career. He speaks quite a bit of French but can speak better Spanish, which he hopes to use one day in his career in Environmental Science.
Joseph's profile picture
Environmental Science

Julia Raszka

Julia is an international student from Poland, studying Theater Arts and Music as a junior. She loves music, theater, photography and travelling, and hopes to see the whole world one day. You might know her as a singer in “She’s from Poland” or from her performances in campus Theater Productions

Julia's picture

Theater Arts and Music Major

Parham Zahedi

Parham is an international junior student currently majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics (Class of 2025). With a profound passion for space exploration, he is driven to pursue a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, aspiring to carve out a career in the space industry and make significant contributions to technological advancements and our understanding of the universe.


Physics Major
Mathematics Minor