Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Staff Directory

Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) is comprised of full-time professionals and graduate students. We invite you to get to know us. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, please visit the ITRS Consultations booking page.

We look forward to working with you!


Oliver Batchelor, Learning Design Engineer | ext. 8-7661 | obatchelor@luc.edu

Oliver Batchelor

Oliver Batchelor is a Learning Design Engineer at Loyola University Chicago. He is responsible for assisting faculty, students, and staff with the design, development, and implementation of courses.  Oliver has an MA in Instructional Design and Adult Learning from University of Colorado and an MLIS from University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Loyola, Oliver acquired over a decade of experience in higher education as a research librarian.

Lauree Garvin, Senior Research Technologies Coordinator | ext. 8-7653 | lgarvin@luc.edu

Lauree Garvin

Lauree Garvin is a Senior Research Technologies Coordinator at Loyola University Chicago. She assists faculty, students, and staff in their use of research tools, including statistical programs (e.g., SPSS, Stata, HLM, Lisrel), online survey generation tools (e.g., Opinio, Snap Survey), and qualitative data analysis (e.g., NVivo) to conduct academic research and program evaluation. Prior to coming to Loyola, Lauree worked in a variety of capacities including researcher, data manager, program evaluator, and project manager for grant-supported projects at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, the Donors’ Forum of Chicago, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Lauree has a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology and a master’s degree in sociology.

Amy Hoyt, Manager of Technology & Innovation | ext. 6-5207 | ahoyt@luc.edu

Amy Hoyt

Amy Hoyt is the Manager of Technology and Innovation at Loyola University Chicago. She has been with Loyola since 2004 and is currently the liaison between education and IT on the Health Science Campus. In this role, she works with students, faculty and staff to facilitate use of technology in the curriculum. Prior to joining Loyola, Amy worked in both elementary and high school education and was a documentation writer for a company that developed 911 software. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in School Technology from Loyola University Chicago.

Sarah Kinne, Senior Learning Design Engineer | ext. 8-2635 | skinne@luc.edu

Sarah Kinne

Sarah Kinne is a Senior Learning Design Engineer at Loyola University Chicago. She supports faculty in the design of accessible, inclusive courses and advises faculty in the adoption and implementation of learning technologies. Prior to joining Loyola, Sarah served as an instructional designer and composition faculty at Joliet Junior College, and she has a background in publishing, grant administration, and instructional support. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Medaille College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a graduate certificate in Learning Design & Technology from Harvard University, and is pursuing an EdD at Loyola's School of Education.

Hannah Lee Otto, Senior Learning Design Engineer | ext. 6-8274 | hlee11@luc.edu

Hannah Lee Otto

Hannah Lee Otto is a Senior Learning Design Engineer whose role innovates how to deliver ITRS support through faculty development and research-based learning design. Hannah also works with the ITRS team as a system administrator of Loyola's learning management system and catalog of teaching and learning technologies. Prior to returning to Loyola, Hannah studied, taught, and worked at DePaul University, teaching in first-year research writing, professional writing for business, and supporting faculty as an instructional technology consultant. Hannah applies her background in writing and pedagogy studies to strengthen ITRS programs for professional development, leverage content strategy, and revise technical documentation. Hannah currently studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and her research seeks to examine Korean popular culture media as an ideological mechanism. 

Michael Paulin, Learning Design Engineer | ext. 6-3538 | mpauli1@luc.edu

Michael Paulin

Michael Paulin is a Learning Design Engineer for Loyola University Chicago. He has more than 10 years of experience supporting Loyola classrooms, both face to face and online. Michael has assisted faculty, staff, and student in learning and implementing new technologies for use in the classroom. He has also supported live streaming of many events for the Heath Science Campus. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Augustana College.

Mariana Saba, Instructional Designer | ext. 6-8326 | msaba@luc.edu

Mariana Saba

Mariana Saba is an Instructional Designer at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a ​master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology, a master of Teaching Online and a Technology Teaching Certificate. In addition, Mariana is a Graphic Designer and an active member at NCWIT (The National Center for Women & Information Technology). Mariana works with educators and subject matter experts to determine their main learning objectives. She then improves and structures educational content that best delivers the information to students effectively, while still meeting the prearranged objectives. Mariana is fully familiar and comfortable with multi-media in various forms and can efficiently utilize it to deliver educational content. Her superior communication skills allow her to transmit knowledge in a way that is easily understood by all learners. Mariana holds expert knowledge of learning theories and uses this information to guide her actions.  

John K. Schneider, Educational Technologist | ext. 6-6968 | jschneider9@luc.edu

John K. Schneider

John K. Schneider is an Educational Technologist for Loyola University Chicago. John has been with Loyola for 8 years providing Learning Technology and Media Support for the Health Sciences Campus faculty and staff.  Prior to Loyola, John provided Learning Management System support for McGraw-Hill Higher Education for multiple major universities across the country. He also works on seeking out new learning technologies to integrate with faculty curriculum and supports the Instructional Design Staff at the Health Science Campus. John also serves on the SON Educational Technologies Committee. He enjoys listening to and collecting music, watching films, and does graphic art and design.

John Sienkiewicz, Research Assistant | ITRS@luc.edu

John Sienkiewicz

John Sienkiewicz is a research assistant at Loyola University Chicago. John earned his MA in sociology from Loyola, later entering the sociology PhD program. John assists with a variety of tasks including statistical and survey advising, data management, and software distribution. His academic research interests include the gig economy, social movements, and organizations. John is also working with a local community organizing group, the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership, to assess leadership training outcomes through survey data.

Shruthi Turaga, Research and Support Assistant | ITRS@luc.edu

Shruthi Turaga

Shruthi Turaga is currently working in Loyola’s HSC - ITRS department as a Research and Support Assistant. She is a graduate student at the Parkinson’s School of Public Health. Shruthi has an undergraduate degree in dentistry from India. With the help of ITRS staff, Shruthi has already dived into many exciting projects and is thoroughly enjoying this work experience. Shruthi enjoys reading books, finding new music and photography in her free time.

Tim Walker, Associate Director | ext. 8-2960 | twalker1@luc.edu

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is Associate Director of Instructional Technology & Research Support at Loyola University Chicago. He has over 20 years of experience in higher education supporting faculty with integrating technology into teaching and learning. Tim currently manages a centralized team of 10 full-time staff and about 20 student workers. This groups provides a wide array of technology and research services to the University community. Prior to joining Loyola, he served as the Director of Technology for the McCormick Tribune Center at National Louis University. Tim holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marquette University, a master's degree in human services administration from National Louis University, and graduate certificates in distance education and leadership in online learning (IELOL) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Penn State University. Tim is a regular presenter at local and national conferences, with topics focusing on faculty and instructional system support, and IT management.

Oliver Batchelor Learning Design Engineer ext. 8-7661
Lauree Garvin Senior Research Technologies Coordinator ext. 8-7653
Amy Hoyt Manager of Technology & Innovation ext. 6-5207
Sarah Kinne Senior Learning Design Engineer ext. 8-2635
Hannah Lee Otto Senior Learning Design Engineer ext. 6-8274
Michael Paulin Learning Design Engineer ext. 6-3538
Mariana Saba Instructional Designer ext. 6-8326
John K. Schneider Educational Technologist ext. 6-6968
John Sienkiewicz Research Assistant
Shruthi Turaga Research and Support Assistant
Tim Walker Associate Director ext. 8-2960
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