Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

About Us

Patrick Dempsey, Director

Patrick earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University and holds an M.B.A. in Organizational Management, M.Div. in Professional Ministries, and M.A. in Pastoral Counseling.He has published and presented widely on engaging faculty in instructional design, communities of inquiry and transformative learning, and quality assurance in online classes.  Prior to joining the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning, Patrick served as the Instructional Teaching Specialist Supervisor at Johns Hopkins University, an affiliate faculty in Loyola’s Graduate Education program, and Instructional Designer at Howard Community College. Along with his experience in higher education, Patrick has more than 15 years of leadership experience in private industry.

Email: prdempsey@loyola.edu
Extension: x1668

Jesse Goldstein, Team Lead

Jesse Goldstein earned his B.A. in Communications and Media Studies from Goucher College. Prior to joining Loyola in early 2016, he worked as a Digital Media Producer at SENSORSTAR, a small engineering firm based out of Ellicott City, MD. In addition to managing and overseeing the course development process at Loyola, he also uses his film background to assist faculty with any of their multimedia needs.

Email: jgoldstein@loyola.edu
Extension: x2978

Victoria Hantz, Instructional Designer

Victoria Hantz is a passionate Instructional Designer with an eye for designing fun and interactive learning tools. Victoria has been an Instructional Designer for 9 years and has worked in a University setting, served on Government contracts, and worked in the private corporations. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005, followed by attending Valdosta State University from 2008-2010 where she earned her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, with a focus on Adult Learning, Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Along with passion and expertise in training and development, Victoria brings to the table her prior experience as an Adjunct Faculty, where she taught various Psychology classes at local Maryland State Community Colleges in a face-to-face setting and in an online environment.

Email: vehantz@loyola.edu
Extension: x5363

Judy McCann, Instructional Designer

Judy McCann is an Instructional Designer at Loyola University Maryland.  She earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Delaware and obtained her licenses in Series 6 & 63 to solicit and sell mutual funds at T.Rowe Price.  She later decided to make a career change to focus on the field of Education.  She earned her M.S. in Instructional Technology from Towson University.  She gained experience as a quality reviewer at Laureate Education, Inc. for all the undergraduate and graduate online courses.  Her most recent experience was an instructional support specialist for students and faculty members at Notre Dame University of Maryland.

Email: jmccann@loyola.edu
Extension: x5283

Sarah Martin, Instructional Designer

Sarah earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, specializing in Teaching and Instruction, from Capella University. Her research interests focus on metacognition among online undergraduates with learning disabilities. She actively serves as a course peer-reviewer for Quality Matters and brings her passion and knowledge regarding high-quality online courses to Loyola. Prior to joining Loyola, Sarah served as an adjunct faculty member at Cecil College where she designed and delivered traditional, hybrid, and online courses in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Speaking.

Email: semartin@loyola.edu
Extension: x5158

Kim Barss, Instructional Designer (Remote)

Kim Barss is an Instructional Designer at Loyola University Maryland, working remotely from her family's farm in upstate New York.  She has earned her B.S. in Health Science from SUNY Brockport, her M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the University at Albany, and a post-Master's Certificate in Leadership and Accountability from Capella University.  Her doctoral research toward her Ed.D. focuses on leveraging Open Educational Resources in online learning.  She holds three certifications from Quality Matters to help inform quality course design with faculty in face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning.  Kim also teaches face-to-face and online at a small, private college in Albany, New York. 

Email: kbarss@loyola.edu

Erin Blauvelt, Instructional Designer (Remote)

Erin Blauvelt is an Instructional Designer for Loyola University Maryland. She is also a Graduate Instructional Design Specialist for Clarkson University. She hold a Bachelor's of Science in Technical Communications, minor in Psychology, from Clarkson University and Master's of Education in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts - Boston. Throughout her career she has gained experience as a learning systems administrator, instructional designer, faculty member, and online student. She has enjoyed focusing a good amount of time on learning and teaching about accessibility in online education and being a part of the Quality Matters Program as a Certified Peer Reviewer, Certified Master Reviewer, Certified Online Facilitator, Certified Face-to-Face Facilitator, and QM Coordinator.

Email: eblauvelt@loyola.edu

Larry Schankman, Instructional Designer (Remote)

Larry Schankman is an Instructional Design consultant and Quality Matters course reviewer for Loyola University Maryland. Based now in St. Louis, Larry has worked over 25 years in higher education. For the first 13 years he served as an electronic resources and government documents librarian, until earning a second Masters in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. Between the latter two degrees he helped design and administer an online graduate program in School Library Media. For the last 13 years Larry has served as instructional designer, web and database developer, faculty trainer and QM master reviewer. Altogether, Larry has taught online 10 years, including four years as an adjunct for the University of Cincinnati, where he created and taught the course, Applications of Instructional Design and Technology for Medical Education. Besides his doctorate and two masters, Larry earned undergraduate degrees in Classics (Greek and Latin) and Economics, and served 10 years in the US Army (twice attending the Defense Language Institute to earn certificates in Korean and German).

Email: lhschankman@loyola.edu