MA in Education - Educational Multimedia Program Cal Poly Pomona


Shahnaz Lotfipour, Ph.D.

Shahnaz Lotfipour

Dr. Lotfipour is a Professor of Educational Multimedia and Co-Chair of the Department of Education - Educational Leadership and Technology, College of Education and Integrative Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Media from Iowa State University. She is also the Director of the Joint CSU-UCI Edd program in Educational Technology Leadership, and Coordinator of the Educational Multimedia Program. Her research interests are in the areas of Distance Learning, Faculty Development and Instructional Design.

Teshia Roby, Ph.D.

Teshia Roby

Dr. Roby is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She teaches graduate courses in multimedia development and instructional design in the Educational Multimedia program; undergraduate courses in culture, identity, and technology in the Ethnic and Women's Studies department; and an educational technologies integration course in the Teacher Education credentials program. She is the founder of the OPUS Collective site.

Her research interests are: Implications of digital storytelling in regard to advocacy, awareness, cultural and personal identity, and transformative learning, Inclusion of culture as a pedagogical philosophy, Effective educational uses of collaborative, innovative, and Web 2.0 technologies, Implications of emergent technologies, and Implementation of successful active learning and group collaboration opportunities in classroom, online, and distributed teaching/learning environments.

Christina Dehler, Ph.D.

Christina Dehler

Dr. Dehler is an Associate Professor of Educational Multimedia in the Department of Education, Educational Leadership and Technology, College of Education and Integrative Studies. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, with specializations in computer-mediated communications and organizational learning. Her research interests include Distance Education, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Organizational Learning, Building Communities of Practice, and Professional Development.

Scott Essman

Christina Dehler

After receiving his degree in Educational Multimedia from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Scott Essman began wearing several hats as a teacher, writer-publisher, and publicist. At Universal Studios Home Entertainment, he wrote all magazine articles, press releases, publicity materials, announcements, interviews, web pages and produced videotape content for over 30 select titles of Universal Studios new DVD releases in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genre since 2002. He has also made several short films, the most recent of which, "Ten Men on the Field" was selected for screening at the September 2012 Baseball Film Festival at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Additionally, since 2004, he has been teaching mass media and all stages of filmmaking at the Art Institute of California, media studies at the University of La Verne since 2009, and digital filmmaking and editing at his graduate school alma mater, Cal Poly, Pomona since 2004.

John McGarvey

John McGarvey

Dr. John McGarvey is an instructor in the Educational Multimedia program who teaches courses in web programming, graphic design and game design. He has over twenty years experience teaching social science and computer classes in the Bonita Unified School District where he was recently named District Teacher of the Year. Dr. McGarvey's dissertation research traced the identity formations and literacy practices of six adolescents from a small urban high school while they interacted within their Learning Management System and Social Network Site.

Amy Gimino, Ph.D.

Amy Gimino

Amy Gimino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education- Educational Leadership and Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, specializing in learning, instruction, achievement motivation, assessment, evaluation and research methods. She has served as a Benchmarker and Lead Assessor Trainer for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and as a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation team member. Her most recent research involves evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of instructional design based on cognitive workload and performance measures. She has published a guide to developing a self-management study.