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Director of Educational Technology Services & Support


Loyola Marymount University


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At Loyola Marymount University (LMU) (CA), Crista serves as the Director of Academic Technology, in charge of educational technology strategies, procedures, and oversight of day-to-day operations. Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, Crista continually monitors, evaluates, and works to improve how technology impacts the teaching and learning process. With a staff of over 20 full-time employees, and 60 graduate and undergraduate students, her group is organized into four teams: Instructional Technology, Classroom and Creative Services, Training and Communications, and Student Support. Crista is also responsible for the both internal and external technology communications, and works closely with other campus entities.

Prior to LMU, Crista worked at the Art Center College of Design (CA) as the Senior Director, Educational Technology. Her duties included overseeing 35 full-time staff in operations for classroom technology, audio-visual, the maker-shops (woodworking shop, paint booths, 3D printers, laser cutters), photo and film equipment rooms, and instructional technology. At California State University, Long Beach, as the Instructional Technology Manager, Crista launched their learning management system into an enterprise and vital part of the University. She held key roles in the California State University system through her work with system-wide initiatives and programs.

Crista is currently a faculty member in the LMU’s School of Education, having earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration, from the University of California, Irvine. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies and has taught communication courses at both the community college and university levels.

Within the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), Crista serves as the information technology liaison for the Technology, Teaching, and Learning (TTL) group, leading the direction of the AJCU academic technology conversations. Crista serves on the advisory board for the NMC Horizon Report, which examines trends in technology in Higher Education. As a co-founder and chair of EduSoCal, a regional educational technology conference, Crista has also been the keynote speaker. Crista is a frequent presenter and moderator at many other educational technology conferences, and loves to connect people. Crista devotes any spare time to her writing, including her blog at