About Us



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Instructional Design Manager
Senior Instructional Designer
Kathy joined the CTL team in 1997. Prior to Hopkins, Kathy directed the distance-learning product development division for Harcourt Publishing in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She began there as an instructional designer developing text, video, audio and other multimedia educational resources. Her earliest skills in adult education were honed as an Air Defense Training/Evaluation officer in the U.S. Air Force. Kathy earned a MA in English Literature from the University of Scranton, a BS in Psychology from Davis and Elkins College, and a BA in English Literature from Davis and Elkins College.


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Asst. Instructional Design Manager
Rohini Vanchiswaran is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching and Learning since 2006. Rohini designs, develops, and evaluates courses and programs for the School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She consults with faculty and administrators on designing effective learning environments, technology integration, and production of multimedia materials. Previously, Rohini was the lead instructional designer at the University of Arizona, and was instrumental in establishing distributed learning initiatives for the College of Fine Arts. Rohini holds Masters degrees in Education and Applied Chemistry. Her interests include science education, electronic portfolios for assessment, educational gaming and simulations, and designing distributed learning environments.

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Instructional Technologist


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Instructional Designer
 Xi joined the Center for Teaching and Learning as an  instructional designer in Summer 2014. Before she joined the team, Xi was a doctoral student in Instructional Technology at Texas Tech University. Xi holds a Master degree in Instructional Technology and is currently a doctoral candidate. Xi's research interest is adult learning theory and explores new technologies.
 
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Instructional Technologist
CTL brought in Celine as an Instructional Technologist in the Fall of 2015. With a background as an Academic Integration and Information Technologies Specialist and Programmer Analyst, where she assisted in developing Section 508 compliant websites and databases for the federal government, she also has several years' experience training educators as well as teaching mathematics and computer science at local higher education institutions. Celine holds a BA in Mathematics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a Masters in Educational Technology from Loyola College in Baltimore. She believes it is the creative imagination and desires of leaders, faculty, and students that jump beyond current realities and dictate technology’s expanding and reinventing the definitions of communication and resourcefulness in academia.

Instructional Designer
Mia joined the Center for Teaching and Learning as an Instructional Designer in 2017. She provides course design, professional development training, and evaluation services to The Johns Hopkins University faculty . She acts as project manager, partnering with the CTL production team, to coordinate workflow for lecture artifacts and materials. Mia has a background in information organization, information literacy, online pedagogy, and instructional technology. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Studies and an M.S. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from Florida State University. Her research areas of  interest are student engagement, faculty presence and peer feedback in digitally-mediated environments.

Instructional Designer
Amy joined the CTL team as an instructional designer in July 2017, where she provides course design, development, and evaluation services to promote evidence-based instructional design practices. Before joining Hopkins, Amy was an instructional designer and systems support manager for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: JesuitNET Global, during which time she worked with domestic and international colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations including Georgetown University, Jesuit Worldwide Learning, and the Pontifica Universita Gregoriana. Amy holds a BS in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University, and is currently pursuing a MA in Instructional Design and Technology from West Virginia University. Her research interests include multicultural instructional design, multimedia learning: augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and competency-based learning.

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Instructional Designer

Dee joined the CTL as an Instructional Designer in Feb 2006. She has BAs in English Literature and Linguistics and Law and Society. She complete her Master’s in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins University she worked as an instructional designer and a training and development consultant at the University of New Mexico. Dee’s research interests center on adult learning and training, evaluation and assessment of online learning and culture and online learning.