Loyola University Chicago

Office of Online Learning

Our Team

Office of Online Learning Staff

The Office of Online Learning is staffed by full-time professionals with backgrounds in educational technology and learning theory and are available for consult at any time. Once you've learned more about us, reach out to us at online@luc.edu or contact a staff member below.

John Gurnak - Director, Office of Online Learning // jgurnak@luc.edu // ext. 8-7476

John Gurnak is the Director of the Office of Online Learning and works with academic leaders and technical staff to support the strategic planning, coordination, and oversight of online academic programming across the University. John has nearly two decades of higher education experience in online course and program development, instructional design, technology implementation, strategic planning, faculty professional development, and program evaluation. John holds a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Kent State University. In addition, John is a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer, a certified Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Face-to-Face Workshop Facilitator, and also serves as Loyola's QM Institutional Coordinator.

Christopher Dickman, Ph.D. - Instructional Designer // cdickman@luc.edu // ext. 8-8946

Christopher Dickman is an Instructional Designer with 16 years of online and face-to-face teaching experience as well as a research background in learning and cognition. Throughout his career, Chris has worked with faculty to help design learning environments that meet instructor needs while also increasing student engagement and retention. Before coming to Loyola, Chris was a faculty member at the University of North Texas at Dallas, where he founded and directed the Writing Program. Chris received his doctorate in English Composition and Rhetoric from Saint Louis University.

Kristlyn Thomas, M.S. - Instructional Designer // kdalton1@luc.edu // ext. 8-8698

Kristlyn Thomas is an Instructional Designer and has spent her career supporting faculty in the design and development of online courses. In addition to course design and development, Kristlyn plans and facilitates professional development opportunities for online instructors. Prior to joining the Office of Online Learning, she was a member of the Instructional Technology and Research Support team at Loyola as an Educational Technologist. Kristlyn came to Loyola from Eastern Illinois University where she supported faculty in the Center for Academic Technology and earned a Master of Science degree in Technology, Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a certificate in Training and Development